Lt. Col. Vindman Continues Spreading Debunked Russia Hysteria

Vindman says Trump ‘useful idiot’ and ‘unwitting agent of Putin’

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etired U.S. Army Lt. Col Alexander Vindman called President Donald Trump a “useful idiot” of Russian President Vladimir Putin in his first interview since leaving the military.

Vindman, speaking to Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg this week, said “President Trump should be considered to be a useful idiot and a fellow traveler, which makes him an unwitting agent of Putin.”

According to The Atlantic, Vindman used the term “useful idiot” to describe those duped by authoritarian regimes, and used the term “fellow traveler” to suggest Trump and Putin have a shared loathing of democratic norms.

Asked by The Atlantic if Russia has compromising information against Trump, Vindman said “They may or may not have dirt on him, but they don’t have to use it.”

“They have more effective and less risky ways to employ him,” Vindman said. “He has aspirations to be the kind of leader that Putin is, and so he admires him. He likes authoritarian strongmen who act with impunity, without checks and balances. So he’ll try to please Putin.”

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