Madeleine Albright: Trump is a 'gift to Putin'

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright during an interview on Sunday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE is "almost a gift" to Russian President Vladimir Putin, given Trump's stances on NATO and the European Union.

"I do think that he does see some kind of kinship with Putin," Albright said on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS."

"The Russians are trying very hard to undermine our democracy and to separate us from our allies," she continued. "And I think in many ways, Trump is almost a gift to Putin in terms of trying to explain, 'Why should we deal with those Europeans?' Or, 'Why should we have anything to do with NATO?' ”


Albright, who was secretary of State under former President Clinton, sat for an extensive interview alongside former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who worked under former President George W. Bush. 

The two offered criticisms of Trump's foreign policy, including his decision to leave the Iran nuclear deal.

"The decisionmaking process simply does not work," Albright told Zakaria. "The president goes and does his own thing. Then somebody says, 'He meant to say—' and then he disagrees with that." 

Albright has previously called Trump the most "undemocratic" U.S. president in modern history and said he is "the gift that keeps giving to Putin."

Trump has been widely criticized for his unusually warm relationship with Putin, roiling people on both sides of the aisle over the summer when he downplayed Russian interference during the 2016 election during a joint press conference with the Russian leader.

Trump often criticizes NATO, a body that was formed as a mutual defense alliance after World War II to protect against Soviet aggression.