Albright: Trump's slogan should be 'Russia First'
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Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, a Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Trump furor stokes fears of unrest Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida Hillicon Valley: Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top concerns amid pandemic | Facebook critics launch alternative oversight board | Google to temporarily bar election ads after polls close MORE supporter, offered a scathing review of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE on Thursday, questioning his ties to Russia.

Speaking to reporters on a press call, Albright and former CIA deputy director Michael Morell, slammed the GOP presidential nominee for what they called a deep embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his agenda. 


"Maybe Trump should make his slogan 'Russia first,' " Albright said, playing off Trump's "America First" slogan.

"The president's first and only motivation should be advancing America's interests, not their for-profit interests," she added, raising questions about Trump's business ties to Russia. 

A Newsweek article published last week detailed the Trump Organization's dealings in several countries, including Russia, and argued his investments would be a conflict of interest if he becomes president.

Trump has said he would not participate in decisions about his businesses if elected.

But Morell, who served under President Obama, argued Trump should disclose his overseas business interests, a common refrain from the Clinton campaign. 

"It seems to me — I can't prove this — but ... the positions he's taken on Russia are motivated by a support for his business interests," he said. 

Morell made waves when he endorsed a presidential candidate for the first time in his career in August, calling Trump too dangerous. 

"I truly believe that Donald Trump's lack of experience in foreign policy and national security and his lack of interest in learning about it and his temperament, his narcissism, his thin skin ... all of that said to me that this guy is not only incapable of being our commander in chief, he would actually be a danger to our national security," Morell said Thursday. 

Morell said his job at the CIA involved trying understand foreign leaders and their intentions.

"If I tuned that on Donald Trump, I would tell you that his No. 1 interest, the thing he cares about most, is not the United States of America. It is Donald Trump. He cares more about himself than he does about anything else, including his nation," he said.

Albright also said Trump has a "lack of knowledge about what is going on" in Russia and Ukraine. 

She said she wants the moderator at Monday's presidential debate to directly ask Trump about his business stakes in Russia and to explain the foreign policy issues there.

"I would also ask him to try to explain what he sees as Putin's role in terms of trying to figure out what's happening in Crimea. See if he can actually explain Ukraine's history and what has happened in Ukraine and America's interest in it," said Albright, who served under President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonHarris: Ginsburg 'absolutely' cleared the path for me Anxious Democrats amp up pressure for vote on COVID-19 aid Barr's Russia investigator has put some focus on Clinton Foundation: report MORE in the '90s. 

"My sense is he can't answer anything longer than one sentence on these issues." 

Trump raised eyebrows in July for saying Putin wouldn't invade Ukraine, even though Russian forces have already seized the Crimean Peninsula.