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MSNBC Reporter: Trump Has Been ‘Pretty Forceful’ in Challenging Putin in Past Week

"In general, you are seeing an administration that has been pretty forceful, at least in the last week or so, in challenging Putin."

By NTK Staff | 12.05.2018 @4:42pm

NBC’s Pentagon correspondent Hans Nichols praised President Trump for being tough on Russian President Vladimir Putin in recent weeks during an interview with MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson on Wednesday.

Jackson had Nichols on to discuss how the U.S. Navy sent a guided-missile destroyer to challenge Russia in the Sea of Japan on Wednesday.

Business Insider reported about the incident:

“The USS McCambell “sailed in the vicinity of Peter the Great Bay to challenge Russia’s excessive maritime claims and uphold the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea enjoyed by the United States and other nations,” US Pacific Fleet spokesperson US Navy Lt. Rachel McMarr told CNN.”

Jackson asked Nichols why this action by the U.S. Navy was so significant.

Nichols explained that the U.S. Navy regularly does exercises like this but noted that 90 percent of the time they involve China and disputes in the South China Sea.

“What’s interesting here is that the U.S. is challenging a Russian claim on Russian island,” Nichols said. “This is an example of how you can use either destroyers or cruisers or air aircraft carriers to make broader strategic points just by the direction you point them in.”

Jackson followed up by asking Nichols what he made of the timing of this incident.

Nichols cited the ongoing dispute between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea as a possible reason for this action.

“In general, you are seeing an administration that has been pretty forceful at least in the last week or so in challenging Putin. You had the president cancel that meeting ahead of the G-20,” Nichols said.

After Nichols praise for the Trump administration, Jackson quickly thanked Nichols before ending the segment.

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