Fmr DNI Clapper: ‘In a Way,’ Trump Is Helping Russia Become Great Again

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 10: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies before the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mr. Clapper testified to the committee about cyber threats to the United States and fielded questions about effects of Russian government hacking on the 2016 presidential election. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
During an interview broadcast on Wednesday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” James Clapper, who served as the Director of National Intelligence under President Obama, stated that “in a way,” President Trump is helping Russia become great again and cited his concerns about Syria and Ukraine. Anchor Chris Matthews asked Clapper, “Do you think our president is helping Russia be great again?” Clapper answered by saying, “Yeah, in a way, I guess he is. Particularly, if — as Putin gets his way in Syria, and if nothing is done to push back on the Russians in Ukraine, yes.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett