H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, said Thursday that Trump is “aiding and abetting” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to sow doubt in the minds of Americans about the nation’s electoral system.
- McMaster made the comments during an appearance on MSNBC, Politico reported, “after he was asked whether he agreed that the president posed the greatest threat to U.S. election integrity.”
- He responded: “I agree that he is aiding and abetting Putin’s efforts by not being direct about this, right? By not just calling out Putin for what he’s doing.”
- “You know, Putin gets away with, I mean, literally murder or attempted murder … because people don’t call him out on it,” McMaster continued, adding: “And so they are able to continue with this kind of firehose of falsehood, to sow these conspiracy theories. And we just can’t be our own worst enemies.”
- Politico noted that McMaster “was referring to the president’s complaints about mail-in balloting and claims of widespread voter fraud in the closing months of the general election campaign.”
McMaster’s remarks Thursday represent perhaps his harshest public criticism of the president since he was ousted from the White House in 2018. The Army lieutenant general frequently clashed with Trump on matters of foreign policy and was branded by detractors as not sufficiently conservative.