Michael Waltz: Obama ‘Lecturing’ Trump on Russia Is the ‘Height of Irony’

Posted on 11/19/2016 6:33 AM in Politics

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OBAMA: “My hope is, is that he does not simply take a realpolitik approach and suggest that you know, if we just cut some deals with Russia, even if it hurts people or even if it violates international norms, or even if it leaves smaller countries vulnerable, or creates long-term problems in regions like Syria that we just do whatever’s convenient at time.”
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HEMMER: “There was a lot that came out of press conference yesterday. President Obama’s advice to his successor about Russian president Vladimir Putin. During a meeting in Germany you saw President Obama urging President-Elect Trump to stand up to Putin. He. We have former counter terrorism adviser to vice president Cheney and new author of the book, warrior diplomat. Nice to see you. What do you think of this advice handed down? Burned by experience if what do you make of that?”
WALTZ: “I find President Obama somewhat lecturing President-Elect Trump on Russia to be height of irony. We’ve seen under Obama’s term Russia invade and take over Crimea, take over parts of Ukraine, reassert itself into the Middle East in a way we haven’t seen in 30 to 40 years. Barrel bombing civilians and just a few months ago, Obama proposed to Putin a deal in which American military officers and Russian military officers would share our most sensitive intelligence to target some of these groups. It was a deal that the Pentagon vehemently opposed. I certainly have some concern about the Russians and think we should approach it with very kind of cautious eye, I find it coming from President Obama to be somewhat ridiculous.”
HEMMER: “Markable thing to see under geopolitical moves Putin has made. Just over the past 12 months it is extraordinary. How does Mike Flynn deal with something like that? How does Mike Pompeo, if he leads the CIA, deal with something like this?”
WALTZ: “There is two main functions to the national security advisor which general Flynn will be nominated. One is obviously national security advice to the president. But two, I think just as important is coordinating the vast, kind of agencies in our national security apparatus. All parts of dod, the central intelligence agency, treasury, State Department, and get them kind of you know, rowing in the same direction for the president’s agenda. General Flynn has been inside of the Pentagon, inside of combatant commands. I think most importantly he has been out in the field and seen the current national security staff under Susan rice trying to micromanage these wars. So I’m excited to see him roll a lot of that back.”
HEMMER: “Does he come from the mold of general David Petraeus or, would you put him in a different category, Michael?”
WALTZ: “Well, he is certain hely I think one of the, more enlightened generals we’ve seen of this generation. He worked very closely with general Stan mcchrystal, perfected how we target these terrorist groups. I look forward to seeing the head of ISIS, al-baghdadi get taken out under Mike Flynn’s leadership. But then at the same time, he criticized his intelligence community we have learned and focused heavily on targeting terrorist leaderships but we don’t understand, kind of the tribes and the local dynamics well enough like we should I think to be successful in these wars.”
HEMMER: “I remember the night he spoke at the convention in Cleveland, Ohio. It was late on the first evening. After the prime time hour, so a lot of folks missed his speech. It was fiery. Michael, thanks for coming in today. Good to have you on board. Congratulations to the green beret foundation the other night.”
WALTZ: “Thanks. Thank you, bill.”

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