Former Obama official Susan Rice believes President Trump encouraged Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.
Breitbart reported that Rice wrote, “Mr. Trump’s approach appears impulsive, improvisational and inchoate – devoid of clear purpose, values or even ideology. Yet, upon closer examination, there is indeed a consistent logic staring us in the face. The unifying theme of Mr. Trump’s foreign policy is simply to service his domestic politics.”
Rice is accused of unmasking Trump officials in the #SpyGate scandal.
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From The Hill
Susan Rice in an op-ed published Monday decried President Trump‘s foreign policy, saying he was putting his political party before country and singling out his policies and rhetoric toward Russia, Israel and Venezuela.
“Mr. Trump welcomes and encourages Russia, a hostile adversary, to interfere in our elections so long as the manipulations benefit him,” Rice, a former national security adviser to President Obama, wrote in The New York Times.
“He discards decades of bipartisan policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to curry favor with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and thus right-wing political support,” she continued. “The president follows a basic, if unorthodox, playbook: He and his party over our country.”
Trump last week spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first known time since the release of special counsel Robert Mueller‘s report. Trump said the two discussed the “Russian hoax,” but told reporters that he did not confront Putin about election interference.
Rice was particularly critical of Trump’s strategy in Latin America, citing its approach to the ongoing situation in Venezuela. The Trump administration has backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó as it imposes mounting sanctions on embattled President Nicolas Maduro.
While Rice credited the Trump administration for backing Guaidó, she took issue with its policies toward Cuba, which White House officials have said is propping up Maduro’s government. Rice claimed Trump’s hard-line against Cuba and threats of military action in Venezuela was meant in part to rile up his base.
She cited fresh sanctions against Havana, and the Trump administration’s decision to block a deal that would have made it easier for Cuban baseball players to come to the U.S. to play professionally. The moves ran contrary to the Obama administration’s efforts to open up relations with Cuba.
“Plenty of presidents before Mr. Trump have made serious, sometimes catastrophic foreign policy mistakes; but, few, if any, decided almost every aspect of foreign policy on the basis of what would help him get re-elected,” Rice wrote.