CNN political analyst David Gregory called President Donald Trump “arrogant” and “naive” on “New Day” Friday for thinking he can negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“This is all going on at the very top level,” Gregory said. “It’s just Trump who is conducting this policy and negotiating this relationship without his top advisers or his national security team actually knowing what’s going on.” (RELATED: David Gregory Calls Out James Comey For Being ‘Obsessed’ With His Own Image)
“On its face, the idea that the president of the United States would be driving summitry with his Russian counterpart without the input and really without the hardest work being done at lower levels … is what’s so striking,” he continued.
Gregory claimed Trump’s attitude toward Putin is just a matter of ego and said it was foolish for the president to think he could help reset relations with Russia.
“We also have to understand Trump’s approach to Putin in its largest form, which is really about ego,” Gregory said.
“His view that he alone can fix this relationship with Russia in a way that no one else has done. And that no matter what Russia has done — resetting the relationship. Having warmer ties is a good thing for America. But he’s the only one who can pull this off because he’s such a great negotiator, it is both arrogant and incredibly naive. And in the process is undermining American policy toward our western alliance.”
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