“You can never stage or time things perfectly,” laughs Jon Huntsman, the U.S. ambassador to Russia.
He is discussing the controversial phone call President Donald Trump made last week to Vladimir Putin, in which he congratulated the Russian leader on his re-election.
The call surprised White House advisers who’d urged Trump to withhold compliments — it also raised expectations, falsely, in Moscow the United States might not join a coordinated campaign by two dozen Western countries to retaliate for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain that London has blamed on the Kremlin.
In an exclusive interview with VOA appraising where …read more
Source: Voice of America