President Trump just got some surprise backing from former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who gave him some praise for the job he’s doing while she was at the Woman’s PGA Championship.
Saying that President Trump may sound different than other presidents, but he believes in American values and tries to act in the best interest of the United States, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told CNBC on Wednesday. “I believe every president of the United States stands for our values.”
“You heard President Trump say, for instance, after the Syrian chemical attack, we can’t let that stand. What he was saying was the president of the United States can’t let that stand.”
Adding that Trump knows the importance of alliances and believes that he will forge ties with Democracies around the world.
“While the language may be different, and we might talk about needing to deal with policy, I think you’re going to see … that Americans’ interests in values are always linked. It’s early days in this administration. Let’s remember that.”
On the global landscape, Rice said the U.S. needs to protect itself better from cyber intrusions, highlighted by Tuesday’s latest global ransomware attack and evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. She added Russia, in the context of the election meddling, needs to be viewed as a “hostile power.”
It’s a tough spot for the Trump administration because the U.S. needs a decent relationship with Moscow, Rice said, but stressed “any interference in our election has to be investigated — and not just investigated to see what happened but to see how it doesn’t happen again.”
She even praised the current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson:
She said she has confidence in current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, adding Trump and Tillerson have a “very good” relationship despite recent media reports to the contrary.
Rice, who championed former Exxon Mobil chief Tillerson’s selection as America’s top diplomat, said an “oilman knows the world like others don’t.”
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