Albright apologizes to Romney, says he was right to call Russia biggest geopolitical foe

Albright apologizes to Romney, says he was right to call Russia biggest geopolitical foe
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Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright on Tuesday apologized to Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyCain says he won't back down, wants to be nominated to Fed The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems prep for Mueller report's release Democrats need a 'celebrity' candidate — and it's not Biden or Sanders MORE (R-Utah), saying that he was right to call Russia America's greatest geopolitical foe during the 2012 presidential campaign.

“I personally owe an apology to now Senator Romney, because I think that we underestimated what was going on in Russia,” Albright said during a House Intelligence Committee hearing.

“I was on the CIA external advisory board, there was no question that less money was being put into Russian language and what was going on in Russia.”

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During the 2012 presidential race, former President Obama mocked Romney, then the Republican nominee, for suggesting Russia posed such a large threat.

“The 1980s are now calling and they want their foreign policy back,” Obama retorted during a presidential debate.

Albright, who served under former President Clinton, criticized Romney after the debate and said that he had “little understanding of what is actually going on in the 21st century.”

On Tuesday, Albright acknowledged that the intelligence community was late to recognize that Russia was such a dangerous geopolitical foe.

“We had forgotten we’re dealing with a KGB agent," she told the committee. "I think he has played a weak hand very well.

“Putin has put them back on the scene.”

 Olivia Beavers contributed.