Madeleine Albright: Trump is the gift that keeps on giving to Putin

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Tuesday slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE for the behavior he exhibited in a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that Trump "is the gift that keeps giving to Putin."

"Mostly stunned disbelief at the behavior of the president in terms of not defending our country and really bending to the kinds of things that Putin really wanted," Albright said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" in response to a question about her impressions of the press conference. 


Albright, who served as secretary of State from 1997-2001, added that it's very hard to get inside Trump's mind, but that she thinks there are "other things" going on in his head, or he doesn't "understand what the responsibilities are of the president."

Her comments came just a day after Trump met with Putin for a high stakes summit in Finland, one where Trump broke with the U.S. intelligence community and refused to denounce Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election. 

In addition, Trump also attacked special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's probe into Russian meddling as a "disaster" for the country. 

On Tuesday, Trump sought to walk back his comments on election interference, saying he agreed with the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the election. But he also said that "other people" could have been involved, a statement echoing past statements casting doubt on Russia's role.

“The sentence should have been ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,' " Trump said while reading from a prepared statement at the White House. "Sort of a double negative. So you can put that in, and I think that probably clarifies things pretty good by itself.”

Albright has frequently criticized Trump throughout his presidency. Earlier this month she called him the "most undemocratic president in modern American history.”