The United States faces a “dangerous moment”, according to former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who said on MSNBC Monday that America’s allies are worried about the legitimacy of President Donald Trump following recent reports of Trump’s secrecy surrounding meetings with Vladimir Putin.
“I think we’re in an extraordinarily dangerous moment,” Sherman said. “When people listen to this around the world, they wonder what the authority of the president of the United States is, whether he has legitimate leadership standing here in this country.”
“They see a government that is paralyzed at the moment in the shutdown, and they see a government where the president of the United States can talk with another leader without anyone present and no one knows what the results of that are,” she said. “That gives impunity to other leaders around the world and puts us in a very insecure position, because the senior leaders in our government don’t know what’s going on.”