Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul says Trump's constant defense of Russia makes America 'look weak.'

The former U.S. ambassador to Russia believes that Trump’s renewed defense of Russia and denial of U.S. intelligence agency findings makes America “look weak.”

Michael McFaul served as the U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, and oversaw Russian and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council from 2009 to 2012.

McFaul appeared on MSNBC on Wednesday shortly after Trump restated his defense of Russia and lied by claiming that Russia is no longer targeting America. But Trump’s own Director of National Intelligence recently stated that Russia is, in fact, still engaging in “ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine [U.S.] democracy.”

MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing asked McFaul to “make sense” of Trump’s dangerous remarks.

“I can’t make sense of this,” McFaul replied. “This is becoming a joke. This is becoming absurd. It makes our president look weak. It makes our country look weak, and it’s time for the rest of the administration to push back more forcefully.”

Trump continues to side with Russia instead of the United States. It is not a slip of the tongue, as he clumsily tried to claim Tuesday, but a core belief he has repeatedly expressed.

McFaul, who understands the global consequences of Trump’s anti-American posture, is raising the alarm about the harm Trump is still causing.

Trump’s decision to embrace weakness is a threat to the United States.

Published with permission of The American Independent.