Former CIA Director James Woolsey said Friday that Russia was "committed to a massive lie about the United States" and that President Donald Trump needed to destroy that despite his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Germany.
"We are sitting on our hands, smiling and nodding — and some meetings go better than others," Woolsey, 75, who served under President Bill Clinton, told Erin Burnett on CNN. "It doesn't matter.
"What you have to do is undermine their power. You do that, you'll get along really nicely with them."
Trump and Putin met for more than two hours in Hamburg at the G-20 summit — and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the U.S. president expressed concerns about Moscow's election hacking at the start of their session.
Tillerson, who sat in on the meeting, described the discussion on the meddling as "robust and lengthy."
But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who also participated, countered that Trump "accepted" Putin's assurance that Moscow did not interfere last year.
Woolsey told Burnett that Trump and Tillerson "should be a bit grumpier than they were here."
He added that "the best way" to the Kremlin to cooperate now was to "drive down the price of oil, the thing they care about the most."
In addition, Woolsey said that the head of Romanian intelligence defected to the United States in 1979, bringing with him Russia's "complete plans for disinformation, which is a massive lying program" about this country.
"They have more people involved in disinformation than they do have men and women in uniform.
"They are absolutely committed to a massive lie about the United States, which they call their great enemy," he said.
"We basically need to undercut that strategy and that approach."
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