President Trump on Friday called for Russia to be reinstated to the group of leading industrial nations meeting at the G-7 summit in Quebec, saying the Kremlin "should be a part" of the talks.
Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul joins Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to discuss Russia relations. He is a professor of Political Science, Director and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
On why he says Putin is winning: His goal is to maintain power in Russia. His goal is to weaken the United States. His goal is to divide the transatlantic partnership and the institutions that have been so instrumental to that and in the margins is to win in places like Syria where he feels like he is battling against terrorist groups that he thinks we used to support and if you look those objectives he's stronger in Russia than he was five or six years ago. So domestically he's stronger than he was 4 to 5 years ago. With respect to Europe I think he feels pretty good about trends in Europe. And then the Transatlantic alliance doesn't look so robust right now. That G7 meeting, you know, that's music to Putin's ears. (00:55)
On why Hot Peace is worse than the Cold War: I made up the term, but I'm glad were talking about it. U.S. Russia relations today are in at a horrible place and it's tragic to me. I'm not excited about the fact that we have this confrontation. I lot of people say it's Cold War 2.0 or return to the Cold War and I think that's incorrect. I don't think it's exactly the same and that's why I deliberately chose this term Hot Peace to say it's an echo. There are some things that are similar, but there are some things that are different. (6:37)
On Trump administration relationship with Russia: I actually think the Trump administrations policies towards Russia is pretty good. I support it. Actions are more important than the words. That's true. The rhetoric gets in way of other policies. (9:48)
On European and Asian citizen's opinions shifting to side with Russia: I can understand why it feels very partisan that they flipped. I think trump exacerbates it with the way he treats our allies. I found it atrocious the way he's tweeting at one of our closest allies in the world that fought next to us in the world. I think it's a combination of both. One partisan attitudes around the world, but then I think the president, he exacerbates it with those kind of temper tantrums. (13:30)