Fiona Hill says Putin was ‘frustrated many times’ with Trump because the Russian leader ‘had to keep explaining things to him’
Russian President Vladimir Putin has often become frustrated with President Donald Trump over his lack of knowledge on geopolitical issues, according to Fiona Hill, and this played into Moscow’s decision on the timing of the Russian invasion of the Ukraine.
One of the reasons Putin invaded Ukraine with President Joe Biden in the White House was that he expected the United States to “beg for peace” and thought it best to deal with it. Biden than trying to negotiate with someone like Trump, that the Russian leader had to “explain everything all the time,” said Hill, who served as Russia’s top adviser to the National Security Council under Trump.
“He thought that someone like Biden, who is a transatlanticist, who knows all about NATO, who actually knows where Ukraine is, and actually knows something about history, and who is very steeped in international affairs, would be the right person to engage with,” Hill said. mentioned.
“You could see that he got frustrated a number of times with President Trump because he had to keep explaining things, and Putin doesn’t like to do that,” Hill continued, adding, “Even though he likes to be able to spin his own version of events, he wants to have predictability in the person he engages with.”
A number of Trump’s former advisers have said the ex-president has a poor understanding of global affairs. Former national security adviser John Bolton, for example, said Trump once asked if Finland was part of Russia.
Similarly, Trump’s former White House chief of staff, General John Kelly, also complained that Trump “knows no history, even some of the basics about the United States,” according to Hill’s book. , “There’s Nothing For You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century,” which was released last year.
In the book, Hill wrote that Trump’s meager understanding of international affairs was a “major liability” to US national security. “Every time he went to meetings and the conversation started, it was like the first time he heard things from world leaders,” she said.
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