‘Is Putin playing Donald Trump?’ Former Trump aide’s DAZZLING response | World | News


Former Donald Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci was asked whether Vladimir Putin was “playing” the US President. 

Speaking on Unspun with Matt Forde, the host asked about Putin, and Russia, who have been accused by the UK of trying to kill a former Russian spy on British soil.

Forde said: “There is a difference isn’t there between the Gorbachev approach and that change at the end of the cold war and a respecting of differences but an understanding that cold conflict had to end.

“And Vladimir Putin who is blazingly getting into wars with other countries. Who denies getting into wars with people… He’s playing Trump isn’t he?”

Scaramucci explained that Putin’s recent actions have been consistent with Russia’s history.

He replied: “You could say that he is playing Trump but he is really not playing Trump.

“He is playing that area of the world and he is galvanising that area of the world.

“If you look at Russian history and you study it, what happened with Gorbachev is really the anomaly, and what Vladimir Putin is doing has actually been very consistent with their history.

“The western democracies really developed after the decline of the Roman empire. It made its way into the UK with the Magna Carta. And it spilled into the United States.

“That western cannon of individual liberty is not in other parts of the world, I’m not saying that we can’t successfully export it, but to compare our system which is a much better system, to their system and then be sanctimonious about it, we run the risk of causing unnecessary conflict.”

Scaramucci added that what happened in the UK “should not have happened” before he quoted President Trump saying we “have got to be stable geniuses” to solve disputes across the globe.

The comments come as Putin wins a landslide victory to lead the country for another six years.

The Russian President said it was “nonsense” to think Russia would poison a former spy in the UK after the Salisbury attack.

Donald Trump has stood by Britain following the allegations Russia was involved in a nerve agent attack.

The Trump administration also last week blamed the Russian government for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back two years that targeted the US power grid including nuclear facilities.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the US was going to be tough on Russia until “they decide to change their behaviour”.

Sixteen of the Russian individuals and entities sanctioned were indicted on February 16 as part of Robert Mueller’s criminal investigation.

Beginning in March 2016 or possibly earlier, Russian government hackers targeted government entities and multiple US critical infrastructure sectors, including energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation and manufacturing, according to Thursday’s alert.

While Trump has frequently called the Russia probe a “witch hunt,” the new sanctions appear to support Mueller’s investigative strategy.

An extended version of the episode, Unspun XL with Matt Forde will air on Wednesday 21st March at 11pm on Dave.

Matt embarks on a nationwide tour with his stand-up show A Show Hastily Rewritten in Light of Recent Events – Again! on 25th March which includes a run at the Soho Theatre from 3rd-7th April. More info and tickets available here www.mattforde.com

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