I do not see any movement on any of the core issues coming out of [the] meeting [between Secretary Pompeo and President Putin]...Given the numbers of competition and conflict between the United States and Russia, this meeting will not move the needle.
The [Russian] strategy [in 2016] was to kind of channel a narrative and then amplify it...And for that reason Twitter and also Facebook have been a lot better at identifying this kind of strategic manipulation. So when you have 10,000 automated accounts come online all at the same time, that’s pretty easy to pick up, just as a clear, clear example...
The reality is that Germany and Austria have left little choice to the United States in terms of stopping [Nord Stream 2], except with sanctions...I think it was the Obama administration that missed the opportunity to get this project stopped...When the annexation of Crimea happened, that was the key moment...When we implemented the sanctions [on Russia for its invasion of Crimea], that’s when we missed the opportunity.
Russia is not a partner, it's not a friend, it's an adversary...This is not a country we need another reset with, this is not a country that shares any of our interests...in fact, U.S. interests are completely opposed to what the Russians want to see in the world, which is a decline in U.S. power.