Discussing her hopes for the Biden and Putin talking points, Clinton said she would like to see a resumption of nuclear weapons negotiations that eventually include China, as well as a discussion of cyber weapons. She said she expects Biden to welcome cooperation where possible, in areas like climate change.
Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign was the target of what the U.S. intelligence community identified as a campaign of electoral interference launched by the Russian government. Partly driven by the controversy that emerged from hacked emails and misinformation that circulated widely on social media, Clinton was upset in the 2016 election and lost to former President Donald Trump.
As president, Trump was widely viewed as extremely deferential to Putin on the world stage, an exception to the harsh foreign policy positions he has taken more broadly, including with close allies of the United States. Trump has repeatedly threatened to withdraw the United States from NATO, the transatlantic treaty put in place to deter Russia, and was notoriously unwilling to accept the conclusion of the American intelligence community that the Kremlin sought in 2016 to hamper Clinton’s campaign and bolster his own, suggesting at a 2018 press conference that he would take Putin’s word rather than that of his own intelligence agencies.
Clinton, in his interview with “Morning Joe,” expressed relief to have Biden at the helm and hopes Biden approaches the meeting harshly. Among other matters, Clinton said she hoped Biden would communicate to Putin that, if he was tempted to foster a closer relationship with China, “it hasn’t worked out so well in the past.”
“We can’t go back, but I think what President Biden understands is that he wants to sit on the other side of the table, like I did with Putin, and the look in the eye and say, “OK, let’s see where we can work together. … Let us tell you what we will no longer respect, and there will be consequences. And don’t test us, ”Clinton said.