Trump's Foreign Policy Is 'The Greatest Thing That's Ever Happened' to Putin and Russia, Intelligence Expert Says

A former U.S. Navy intelligence and counter-terrorism specialist has warned that President Donald Trump's foreign policy is perfectly aligned with Russia's, and that his election has served as a huge boon for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In an interview published by Raw Story on Tuesday, Malcolm Nance said that Trump's belligerent and erratic diplomacy is undermining America's traditional alliances and opening up cracks that Putin will be more than happy to exploit.

Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron warned that NATO nations could no longer necessarily rely on American assistance in the event of conflict.

Trump has maligned America's transatlantic allies for not spending enough on defense, and even questioned NATO's Article 5—the alliance's founding principle committing all signatories to collective defense.

Russia has long considered NATO an existential threat, reading the alliance's continued expansion as an aggressive strategy of containment against Moscow. Discord within the bloc represents a win for Putin.

Nance said such NATO friction "is the first step of what Putin has always wanted"—i.e. increased Russian influence on the world stage. "To these guys, it's the greatest thing that's ever happened," he added.

"I think our allies think that information warfare and propaganda and Fox News has so tainted the country that the commonsense of the United States can no longer be relied on," he added.

Nance suggested that Trump's obsession with wealth and prominence has made him easy to manipulate and infuse with Putin's own worldview.

"He sees the world through Moscow's glasses," Nance argued. "If Donald Trump sees the world through rose-colored glasses, they're glasses that were created, tinted, framed, and put on his face by Moscow."

The cordial relationship between Trump and Putin has concerned Americans from across the political spectrum. Trump's gushing performances at joint press conferences with Putin at the bilateral summit in Helsinki and the G20 in Osaka were particularly revealing.

In Helsinki, Trump said he believed Putin's assertion that Russia did not meddle in the 2016 presidential election, publicly dismissing the conclusions of his own intelligence agencies.

And at the G20 meeting in Japan earlier this year, Trump said Putin was "a great guy" and a "terrific person." He also called for greater trade relations between their two nations, despite the sanctions on Russia due to its invasion of Ukraine, U.S. election meddling and other malign activities abroad.

Nance said Trump is "essentially a manufactured item from a state KGB officer whose job it was to learn to manipulate humans," referring to Putin who worked for the Soviet security agency. "Now Putin leads Donald Trump around on a leash," Nance concluded.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan on June 28, 2019. MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP via Getty Images/Getty