"Trump is like a gift to Putin," - former Secretary of State Albright

According to former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, whether or not Donald Trump is elected, the tone and substance of the Republican nominee’s campaign has already damaged U.S. national security.

Censor.NET reports citing Foreign Policy.

"In an interview, Albright said she'd recently returned from a conference in Warsaw where Baltic leaders openly expressed fears that a Trump presidency would encourage Russian aggression and leave them without the de facto American protection they've enjoyed for decades," Molly O'Toole, journalist, explains.

"Trump is like a gift to Putin," Albright said in an interview earlier this week.

"She pointed to the Moscow-attributed 2007 cyberattack on Estonia and recent physical aggression by Russia against Moldova and Georgia, saying Russia is inevitably taking Trump's comments as an invitation to push further," the article notes.

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"The statements he's made about NATO are fairly stunning, and in fact, are exactly the kind of thing that Putin would like to see," she said. "Whatever the direct linkages, there's no question that Trump is like a gift to Putin in terms of the things he's saying specifically about NATO and the Baltics."

As reported, Albright served in Bill Clinton's administration and is a prominent supporter of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Echoing an argument being made by other Democrats, Albright said Moscow had reason to do everything in its power to help Trump.

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Albright believes that "there is no question" that the hack into Democratic National Committee computers was connected to Trump's warm views of Moscow and an intent to influence the upcoming U.S. elections.

"Albright argues that Clinton is the most qualified candidate ever to be commander in chief, but also says that the world's sole superpower electing a woman leader would send a powerful message," the publication points out.

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Albright herself managed to become the first woman U.S. secretary of state. Two of her successors - Republican Condoleeza Rice and Clinton - were also women.

During Clinton's tenure as the nation's top diplomat, Albright said her granddaughter, then seven years old, asked, "'What's the big deal about Grandma Maddie being secretary of state? Only girls are secretary of state.'"

"Maybe soon we'll get to where it's not so unusual to have a woman president," Albright said.
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