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Pickering Agrees With Trump: Moscow Probably Is Laughing

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By    |   Monday, 19 February 2018 03:52 PM

There is "some possibility" that Moscow is laughing at the United States, as President Donald Trump tweeted over the weekend, if it was Russia's goal to meddle in the 2016 election to divide the country further than it had been, retired Ambassador to Russia Thomas Pickering said Monday.

"I believe there is some possibility they are, in a sense that we see the unforeseen consequences, if we can put it this way, of a Russian campaign, designed clearly to interfere in some way with the U.S. election processes," Pickering told CNN's "News Day."

Meanwhile, Pickering, quoting William Shakespeare, said he thinks Trump "protests too much," judging from the numerous tweets the president posted over the weekend.

"Otherwise, why do we have 20 tweets?" the retired ambassador said.

Meanwhile there are some who looked at the indictments against 13 Russians, charged last week with interfering in the 2016 election, and conclude that there was no direct tie between them and the Russian government, but that's probably not the case, said Pickering.

"It is hard to assume that things go on of this nature with Russia where the Russian government is not involved," he said. "There is something clearly I think there in that regard. And so as we look at this I think there's an old formula that should apply here. I think that those who say keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer might have some advice here."

The relationship between Russia and the United States has "gone to the bottom" and is "difficult and trying," he continued. "The polarization of the U.S. feeling on that relationship is real, and I think it is in reaction to the situation. If that's what the Russians intended they have it now in spades."

However, that is not good for world security and the future of relationships between the two countries, Pickering added.

"We ought to think very carefully about that, but unfortunately, we have a president who doesn't seem to be able to do anything about it," he said.

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