Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright knows the Russians well. In both her State Department tenure and her time as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Albright had to deal with the Russian government on a daily basis.
At first she dealt with the administration of Boris Yeltsin, but in her last year serving the Clinton administration. she had to contend with a Russian government led by a young former KGB agent named Vladimir Putin in his first term as Russia’s president.
So when Madeleine Albright goes on Twitter to comment on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian citizens for meddling in the 2016 presidential election, she does so with considerable credibility. Her analysis of the charges against the Russians and where the danger still remains are worth paying close attention to, particularly her opinion on what the most shocking take-away from the indictments should be.
The only thing more stunning than the scale of Russian interference uncovered today is the fact that an American President is taking no action to protect our country against an ongoing threat. This is a dereliction of duty.
— Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) February 17, 2018
Albright stops short of accusing Trump of treason, but dereliction of duty in the face of an attack on the foundations of our democracy, if purposeful, amounts to essentially the same thing, and her Twitter followers concurred.
Violation of his oath of office
— RichZIsles (@ZmanIsles) February 17, 2018
You're wrong, Madam Secretary. He is absolutely fulfilling his duty: to Putin..
— Andrew Armstrong (@typeting) February 17, 2018
As with deficits, the GOP has displayed stunning hypocrisy on what they claim is a core party value. In this case: national security. Not to mention their failure to address the thousands of Americans being slaughtered by guns.
— Andrew Lanier (@andrewlanier) February 17, 2018
His whole presidency is a dereliction of duty.
— Connie Lipnick (@connielipnick) February 17, 2018
We need to let go of this ironic use of “stunning” and “surprise.”
We know why he’s doing this. It’s the same reason why he’s in the White House.
This is a continuation of an attack and the President is in on it. Pretending otherwise helps nobody.
— The British History Podcast (@BritishPodcast) February 17, 2018
— Sandra Roseburg (@mtnsoccerfan) February 17, 2018
Because he's also behind the whole stunning scale of Russian interference.
— Walî (@wilfredalicosme) February 17, 2018
His entire existence is a dereliction of duty, The fact that he is the POTUS shows how poorly our system is run and how easily bought our government is. It's disgusting.
— Monica Esenwein (@monica_raezer) February 17, 2018
Unfortunately, Albright’s opinion of Trump’s failure to do his job will do nothing to help change the situation, especially with a toadying Republican party preventing any serious impeachment attempts from moving forward. The only solution, short of further indictments from Mr. Mueller, is to turn over control of Congress in the upcoming mid-term elections. Given what we’ve confirmed today, they can’t come quickly enough.