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McFaul: McMaster's Talk of Knowing About Russian Meddling 'Not Enough'

McFaul: McMaster's Talk of Knowing About Russian Meddling 'Not Enough'
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By    |   Monday, 19 February 2018 01:21 PM

It is not enough for the United States to say it knows Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election; it must do something about it, former Ambassador Michael McFaul said Monday, after hearing national security adviser H.R. McMaster's speech in person in Munich over the weekend. 

"I would say two things that were striking to me," McFaul told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"I admire the fact that H.R. McMaster said that we've all admitted and what all the intelligence agencies said. He didn't say it in his opening remarks, by the way. He said it in a question and answer, by the way, to a Russian senator."

However, admiring the problem "is not enough," McFaul said, nor is just saying that "we know that they did it. We need to have a response to it."

McFaul said he's known McMaster for decades, and his words when talking about other "enemies" has changed.

"He didn't talk about other enemies that way when he was a captain fighting in Iran or fighting ISIS," said McFaul. "They have not trained this as a threat to the United States, and they haven't done anything, I think, important. Others have. The U.S. Congress has, and [Robert] Mueller has."

McFaul said that McMaster is the person making Russian foreign policy at this point, and he saw several Russians he knows while he was in Munich.

"I can't go to Moscow because I'm on the sanctions list," said the former ambassador. "It's a good time for me to see some old colleagues. That indictment got their attention because it means that they can be accused of crimes."

Russian President Vladimir Putin won't be flying those people into New York or Washington, but last week's indictments of 13 Russian nationals has put them on alert, said McFaul.

"This makes it very dangerous for them to spend a weekend in London or a summer holiday in the French Riviera," said McFaul. "That is what all the Russians were talking about over the weekend."

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Former Ambassador Michael McFaul said Monday it is not enough for the United States to say it knows Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election, it must do something about it.
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