Devin Nunes: Obama Created the Russian Threat


Let’s talk about how the Obama Administration did with their reset policy that created and emboldened Putin to be in a position to be such a threat? So just a few facts that people forget, we did a reset of — we hit a reset button with Hillary Clinton. Then we said we are going to pivot to Russia, because we are going to be friends with the Russians. We went through a whole European infrastructure consolidation process of military installations across Europe. Abandoned a lot of our cute abilities in the north Atlantic to track Russian subs. We actually had the president of the United States, who said on a hot Mike to the — on a hot mic to the prime minister of Russia at the time, “Just tell Vladimir to wait after the election.” President Obama said that. At the same time Mitt Romney, in 2012, said Russia was a great threat. And President Obama had that great a great line, all the media laughed about it, that the 80’s want their foreign policy back. Everybody laughed. Who created the Russian threat? It was the last administration that put us in this position. But here is the kicker to all of this. It culminated with great frustration on my part, where in April of 2016, just months before the election I came out and said on national television that the biggest intelligence failure since 9/11 was our failure to understand Putin’s plans and intentions. This was an April of 2016.

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