Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Thomas Pickering added his two cents to the Russian Election meddling scandal today.
Pickering stated on CNBC this past Friday:
‘I was in Russia a month ago… there continued to be this sort of steady drumbeat of anti-Americanism. I think it’s in part, obviously, to reinforce the notion that President Putin… [is] leading a serious effort on his part to move back into a center of importance in international affairs… He’s using the anti-American line to try and bolster his position at home.
The former ambassador added, “I don’t trust [Putin] but I think we have to deal with the people who are on the other side.”
Pickering is not telling America anything that we didn’t already know. Trump has pretty much stuck to simply dismissing the entire controversy, since, according to him, the nation needs to “move on to bigger and better things.”
‘[Obama] did what he had to do in order to send the signal and hopefully deter more… cyberattacks or cybermisuse to influence U.S. elections and perhaps other elements of U.S. internal politics. I would expect that the president-elect one way or another ought to be concerned about that. He says he wants to put it behind him, but, at the same time, it’s still there.’