Ex-CIA director: Trump has 'autocratic envy' toward Putin

Kelley Robertson
March 5, 2018

Merkel's office said both leaders expressed concern about Russian President Vladimir Putin's unveiling of new weapons systems yesterday "and their negative consequences for worldwide arms control efforts".

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would reverse the collapse of the Soviet Union if he had a chance to change Russian history, Russian news agencies reported.

Putin stunned the West - and many in Russian Federation - on Thursday by using his state of the nation address to unveil a new arsenal of hypersonic weapons and submarines less than three weeks before an election is expected to extend his rule until 2024.

The new nuclear-powered cruise missile could have serious implications for U.S. -Russia relations by complicating the bilateral New START treaty that meant to downsize the world's two largest nuclear arsenals.

"No one really wanted to talk to us basically".

At the State Department, spokeswoman Heather Nauert attacked the CGI video simulation played during Putin speech to demonstrate the new missiles' capabilities. "Listen to us now", Putin said Thursday, prompting a standing ovation from the audience of top officials, lawmakers and celebrities.

Michaela Dodge, a Heritage Foundation missile defence expert, said Putin's statements confirmed that the Trump Administration was right to build its recent review of nuclear weapons policy around concerns about Russian Federation.

Kelly said that Putin said the same thing when she last interviewed him in June 2017 before the latest indictments.

"No one else in the world has anything like that", Putin said.

The Russian president unveiled a powerful intercontinental ballistic rocket that he claims can bypass any missile defence system on earth.

The US intelligence community concluded previous year that Russia-linked actors interfered in the 2016 US election on specific orders from Putin. In fact, the US has been well aware of Putin's desire to raise Russia's geopolitical influence and military threat back to Cold War levels.

Congressman Mac Thornberry, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said that for too long presidents of both parties have let all sorts of persistent Russian aggression go unanswered, whether violations of multiple treaties, election meddling, planting fake news stories, or invading sovereign countries.

Last month, American intelligence officials told Congress that Trump has not given them instruction to stop or blunt Russian information warfare.

Trump did not mention the video or Russia's new missiles in several early morning tweets that took aim variously at actor Alec Baldwin and criticism of the president's decision to enact sharp tariffs on steel and aluminum Thursday.

The warnings of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies are "unacceptable" and do not contribute to the easing of tension.

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