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Hillary: Putin Holds 'Grudge,' Wants 'America Divided Within'

(CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS")

By    |   Sunday, 15 October 2017 12:15 PM

Waging a "grudge" against Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary State said Sunday, Russia's Vladimir Putin's mission was accomplished – and he's still "not done" – getting Trump elected and sowing divisiveness in the United States, "which is really the only way anybody will ever take us down."

"He got some of what he was looking for, both with the president who was elected and with the divisiveness that was generated," Clinton told CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS." "He hasn't gotten everything, but keep an eye on him, because he is not done."

Clinton claimed she was a target for Putin because of her speaking out against his regime as Secretary of State and the Russian leader saw a Trump presidency as "positive toward authoritarian behavior."

"[Putin] had some familiarity – maybe not personally but through proxies – with Trump and with Trump's mindset, which is very positive toward authoritarian behavior," Clinton told Zakaria on Sunday. "I think he made a smart bet from his perspective."

Putin's moves against Clinton and the U.S. democratic process were part of an orchestrated effort to retaliate for the fall of the former Soviet Union, she added.

"Putin's campaign against us is much more about American democracy," she said. "He has a strong belief – that he has spoken about – that the collapse of the Soviet Union was a catastrophe in human history. And he really does want to destabilize democracies in Europe, in our country, undermine the Atlantic Alliance, undermine NATO, undermine the European Union because he believes that that will then give Russia a real chance to be dominant – certainly in Europe and certainly along its borders even as far as central Asia and – that the United States, which he views as his primary adversary, will be weakened."

The only true way for the United States to be weakened is to be "divided within," Clinton said.

"I think he was successful in what he did in our election because the more we learn about it, the more we understand that highly sophisticated intelligence analysts tried to sow divisiveness within our country. He wants an America that is divided within, which is really the only way anybody will ever take us down, if we turn on each other. He was shrewd in his analysis."

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Waging a "grudge" against Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary State said Sunday, Russia's Vladimir Putin's mission was accomplished - and he's still "not done" - getting Trump elected and sowing divisiveness in the United States, "which is really the only way anybody will...
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