'Own This Debate': Ex-CIA Officer Says Trump Must Enforce a Red Line With Putin
Former CIA Chief of Station Daniel Hoffman said Sunday that President Trump must enforce a strict red line when he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.
Trump has said that he would address the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers related to interference in the 2016 presidential election during the summit.
"I think the president needs to own this debate," Hoffman said Sunday.
Hoffman said that he'd advise Trump to tell Putin that he'll enforce a red line "unlike the previous administration."
Ahead of his summit with Putin, Trump called the Russian president a "competitor" when asked if he considered Putin a friend or a foe.
The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration. Why didn’t they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the FBI in September, before the Election?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2018
"He's not my enemy. Hopefully someday, maybe, he'll be a friend," said Trump.
Hoffman said Sunday that as a result of the meeting, there could be an overarching discussion of key issues.
Daniel Hoffman: “The president needs to own this debate.” pic.twitter.com/ovWZuJIFQ3
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"Syria, North Korea, Ukraine, counter-terrorism, arms control," he said.
Watch more of the discussion with Ed Henry in Helsinki above.