On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” columnist Charles Krauthammer argued that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump can’t use the failed Russian reset as an issue against Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the same way Mitt Romney couldn’t press President Obama on Obamacare in 2012.
Krauthammer said, [relevant remarks begin around 5:10] “Look, four years ago, the Republicans nominated, in a year when they could have — should have run against Obamacare, would have been their strongest issue, they nominated the one guy in the country who couldn’t bring it up, because he created it in Massachusetts. This time, they have an opponent in Hillary who is clearly vulnerable on Russia. The reset was an embarrassment. It was clear at the beginning. It was hopelessly naive, the Russians would take advantage of it. Putin has played Obama like — for a fool over the four years. Obama actually thinking even four years ago, as late as then, that he could deal with Putin, be a tough guy, after he’s re-elected, on every front, but the Republicans end up nominating the one guy who can’t make this case, because of his repeated expressed administration for a guy who kills his political opponents, jails his opponents — the ones he doesn’t kill, took over the press, controls it, and invades sovereign countries. And so, we have an issue that is no longer an issue that can be used.”
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