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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a former Army officer and key impeachment witness, characterized President Donald Trump as a “useful idiot” eager to please Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with The Atlantic published Monday.
Trump “should be considered to be a useful idiot and a fellow traveler, which makes him an unwitting agent of Putin,” Vindman told The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg.
“They may or may not have dirt on him, but they don’t have to use it,” he continued. “They have more effective and less risky ways to employ him. 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.”
Vindman told the outlet that Trump was what the Army calls “free chicken,” something that just comes to you without requiring any extra work.