While testifying in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitted it’s difficult to know the motives of foreign leaders.
Clapper told Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) that there was more than one motive for Russian involvement in the 2016 election.
Sen. Cotton brought to Clapper’s attention that President-elect Donald Trump has proposed increasing the U.S. defense budget to accelerate nuclear modernization and oil and gas production – something that would potentially harm Russia’s economy. Cotton then pointed out that Hillary Clinton opposed these measures.
Cotton asked Clapper if Trump’s proposals would put the United States in a stronger strategic position against Russia.
“Anything that we do to enhance the military capabilities, absolutely,” Clapper informed Cotton.
Clapper’s answer caused Cotton to concluded, “There is some contrary evidence, despite what the media speculates, that perhaps Donald Trump is not the best candidate for Russia.”
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