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Condoleezza Rice: Putin’s Actions ‘Appalling’

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Amber Athey White House Correspondent

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says that Vladimir Putin’s actions in interfering with the 2016 US election were “appalling.”

In an interview for CBS’ “Sunday Morning” with Jane Pauley, Rice is clear that Russia “messed” with the election but doesn’t say why.

“I’m not going to try to judge Putin’s motivations,” she told Pauley. “It’s kind of a mistake to try to judge his motivations.”

“You can look at his actions, and his actions were appalling. Yes, the Russians were messing around with our elections. And, so, yes, it is concerning,” Rice asserted.

Rice says Putin is an “eye-for-an-eye kind of guy,” so when the US said that his 2012 election was fraudulent, he may have chosen to interfere with the 2016 election as payback.

“I know Vladimir Putin. And that’s why I say, ‘Don’t give him the satisfaction of thinking that he undermined our confidence in our own elections.'”

The full interview will air on CBS on May 7 at 9:00 AM.

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