Michael Hayden: ‘Most Benign Explanation’ for Trump Jr. Meeting Is that He Was a ‘Useful Idiot’ for the Russians

‘It translates as useful idiot or useful fool’


CAMEROTA: "So let’s move to the Trump side. Was saying yes to this meeting simply naivety and not knowing that they were being played? Is that the generous way to look at this?"
HAYDEN: "That's the most generous interpretation, Alisyn. There is a phrase from the Soviet period that the Russians used when they would take advantage of -- of someone naive, for whom they might have even personal contempt, but they were not above using them. And the Russian phrase is 'polezniye duraki', which is translated variously as useful idiot or useful fool. I mean, frankly that, to me, is the most benign explanation that I can give you of the Trump side of this meeting."

Video files
Audio files
Similar stories
Joe Scarborough: Many People Believe Trump Is a Useful Idiot of Russia
Tapper to Hayden: You’re Implying Trump’s a Useful Idiot
Mika: Trump Is a ‘Useful Idiot Under Siege’
Schiff: Trump ‘Effectively Gave the Russians Cover’ by Denying Their Involvement
Steve Schmidt: Trump Is ‘Useful Idiot,’ He Is Doing Vladimir Putin’s Bidding