According to the Financial Times, a secret and scandalous rendezvous between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir occurred at last November’s G20 Summit. Fortunately, former CIA analyst Ned Price and Atlantic writer Natasha Bertrand joined MSNBC’s “All In” panel Tuesday night to discuss the story, and needless to say, it doesn’t bode well for Trump.
“Just a few weeks after the revelation that the president of the United States was suspected by his own government of working on Russia’s behalf, we’re learning tonight about yet another undisclosed exchange the president had with Vladimir Putin,” explained MSNBC’s Chris Hayes to the panelists. “It was attended by no American interpreters, just Putin and Putin’s own interpreter.”
“As we’ve noted before, this is wildly out of step with the usual protocol and if you were so disposed, you might conclude this is how the president meets with his handler,” he added.
Then, Price chimed in, suggesting the leak of the story was carefully orchestrated by the Russians. “If you read the sourcing in the Financial Times, it comes from the Russians,” he said.
“That leads me to believe this might be the work of the Russians themselves, trickling this out — almost trolling President Trump — reminding him again and again that we have stuff we can hold over your head, let’s work together and how about you find way to make our policy wishes come true or we can make your life more difficult,” Price explained.
Shortly thereafter, Bertrand spoke out, noting an interesting pattern that the story reveals.
“It’s pretty amazing, by my count at least a half a dozen times since Trump took office we’ve learned of his interactions with Russian officials from the Russians before we’ve learned it from the Trump administration,” Bertrand noted.
“And I think Ned’s point about this particular story being sourced to the Russians is a really important one,” she agreed. “Because just remember, that the Trump administration right now is taking a position on Venezuela that the Russians don’t like and so if they wanted to make the Trump administration look really bad at this moment in time, then doing this and raising more questions about whether or not Trump is compromised — and like Ned said reminding him they have leverage — is a strategic move by them,” she concluded.
You can watch the MSNBC exchange in the two-part videos below: