Hillary Clinton jabs at Trump and says casting doubt on 2020 election result is 'doing Putin's work'

HILLARY Clinton ripped Donald Trump for casting doubt on the 2020 election results and claimed that he was doing "Vladimir Putin's work" ahead of Joe Biden's meeting with the Russian leader.

During an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe this morning, Clinton lambasted Trump, noting that "we never thought we had to worry about domestic enemies" before the previous president.

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"The problem is that Trump has elevated him," she claimed. "Trump, from the very beginning, even when he was running in 2016, lifted up Russia.

"So it's difficult to say let's turn the clock back and go from where I thought we were when I left being secretary of State.

"I never thought I would see some of what we saw during the four years of the Trump administration."

"We never thought we had to worry about people who didn't believe in our democracy," said Clinton, who was beaten by Trump in the 2016 election.

“And sadly, what we've seen over the last four years and particularly since the election is that we have people in our own country who are doing Putin's work.” 

“They are doing his work to sow distrust, to sow divisiveness, to give aid and comfort to those in our country who, for whatever reason, are being not only disruptive but very dangerous.

“I think Biden knows he has to work on both fronts. We have problems here at home.”

But Clinton urged Biden to tell Putin that “ridiculing the United States, undermining us, allowing — as well as overseeing attacks — on our election structure, on our energy delivery system, on so much else, has to stop.”

"I'm sure that Joe Biden is looking at Vladimir Putin right now and saying: 'You know, Vlad, you know what we can do to you… You have to be prepared to face more serious consequences."

Clinton insisted that the US had to start a process with Russia "where we don't slide into disastrous cyber consequences" as she pushed Biden to tell Putin to reign in the digital aggression.

She hoped Biden's meeting with Putin today brought about talks over nuclear arms, cybercrime, and a Geneva Convention-style agreement over "what's unacceptable when it comes to the use of cyberweapons."

During the Russia-focussed interview, the 2016 Democratic nominee also took aim at the Republican Party and claimed that they idolized Putin's "macho" method of governance.

"There's a big flirtation by some on the right with the Putin model," she insisted. "They really resonate [with] the authoritarianism … They find that macho approach to anything very attractive."

Clinton acknowledged that the "core of elected officials in our Congress will back up our president" after slamming the GOP.

Trump, from the very beginning, even when he was running in 2016, lifted up Russia.

She said that Biden would hopefully make it clearer to Putin that there would be "consequences" if the online hacking attacks continued, noting the cyber capabilities America had at its disposal.

Americans "have overwhelming cyber capabilities for offensive attacks," Clinton noted but added that "nobody wants to get into that tit-for-tat," noting the solution was to "keep pushing" Moscow until they "understand."

“Putin is the great disruptor," she went on. "He has a clear mission to undermine democracies, first and foremost, the United States.

"You take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution against enemies foreign and domestic.

"What we've seen over the last 4 years, and particularly since our election in 2020, is that we have people within our own country who are doing Putin's work."

Her comments come as Biden and Putin both gave separate press conferences after their much-anticipated bilateral meeting in Switzerland today.

Biden assured reporters that he had addressed the hack attacks on US infrastructure and vowed to address the issue of American prisoners in Russia, as well as human rights abuses there.

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