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International Affairs Professor: Putin May Not Want Trump in White House

(CNBC/"Closing Bell")

By    |   Wednesday, 07 Sep 2016 09:25 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin may not be as supportive of Donald Trump as he appears, and he may not want him to be the next U.S. president, according to international affairs professor Nina Khrushcheva.

"Putin didn't create Trump. He may be using this as a possibility, because Trump really wants to be friends with Putin," the professor said during an appearance on CNBC's "Closing Bell."

Khrushcheva noted that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is a known quantity in politics, but Trump is not, and Putin may see that as a way to take advantage.

"Putin is a former KGB man, why wouldn't he use this or even pretend… that he uses it as an opportunity? But actually, I am not sure that he is more willing to have Trump than Hillary Clinton, because Hillary Clinton, he knows how to deal with," the professor said.

Khrushcheva said a Trump presidency would lead to confrontations with Putin, although they appear supportive of each other now.

"I'm feeling that we have probably entered that very dangerous stage of the new cold war," Khrushcheva said, referring to the standoff between the U.S. and Russia that lasted decades. However, she agreed that it's not a new situation because "they've been freezing each other out for at least two or three years."

"With Trump, tomorrow they will argue over who is taller and more important and what-not, and then all this wonderful, 'We are going to have such a great relationship with Russia' actually will end up in the Cuban missile crisis," Khrushcheva said, referring to the nuclear standoff in 1962 between President John F. Kennedy and Russian President Nikita Khruschev.

Khrushcheva says the U.S. wants to have Russia as an opponent. "In some ways, whatever Putin and Russia's problems are, the United States wants to have Russia as such a wonderfully convenient, big, scary enemy, because it serves purposes of many, many layers of American society."

Trump said that Clinton is not strong enough to deal with Putin. "Hillary likes to play tough with Russia. Putin looks at her and laughs. He laughs. Putin looks at Hillary Clinton and he smiles."

Putin denied accusations by the U.S. that Russia hacked Democratic National Committee emails, saying, "Does it even matter who hacked this data? The important thing is the content that was given to the public."

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