FiveThirtyEight: Trump's precarious position on Russia

FiveThirtyEight's Politics Podcast team discuss Donald Trump's reaction to reports of Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign.
2:33 | 06/21/18

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I think what's interesting is is how the politicization of Russia hacking US. You know parties so. I think if anything may be people had an eye towards post election cooking is meant to mean and now you're seeing what was it rubio today and McConnell all are now. So we have I've been trying to keep track here. And as of and their names coming in as we speak but it. I have a list of thirteen Republican senators have called for an investigation. Since election and then three others. Before the election but so you know I mean this is becoming a groundswell support and it create problems for the Tillerson nomination because by the way. A lot of these guys are on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee attracts television news and Rex Tillerson CEO hawkish group. A close friend of Putin's. And so to try this is. A little bit out over his keys on. This Russia stuff. I will say that that trump trump statements that basically. Are calling US intelligence. False is pretty unprecedented and I think that's something that people may be someone would voice in private during. An intelligence briefing. But the fact that it's been voiced through. Press statements and tweets. Isn't Helena heartening for this career employees who work. At those agencies and I think of their you're seeing a lot of people. In Washington who are career you know government workers perhaps being a little bit nervous the. But in terms of the public. And at how this works of the public story. And and and Russia as a is their polling that shows like are Americans. Suspicious of Russia in this moment does trump and Russia's like alignment or questions about that is that politically. Dicey. Well territory I mean what we know is that throughout the campaign it was polls overcome by U Reuters success and seen and RC which suggested that more Americans than not thought that the Russian government was attempting. To influence the outcome of the election if you look at the 2016 polling only 30% of Republicans had a favorable view of Russia. Per gallon and only 29% of Democrats what's bipartisan across the board it's going to be interesting of course. As trump goes and if he tries to defend Russia. How weather will start to see a larger split but I think it shouldn't be too surprising when you put together a needs list of people want to do an investigation at their a lot of Republicans who are willing to do so.

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