Russian scholar and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dismissed a question from NBC's Savannah Guthrie during an interview Wednesday, telling the anchor it was insulting to American voters to suggest that Russia helped President Donald Trump win election in 2016.
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Rice sat down with Guthrie on the "Today" show to discuss her new book on the Cold War, titled, "To Build a Better World." The former Bush appointee was joined by her co-author, former 9/11 commissioner Philip Zelikow.
Guthrie asked, "When you look at the 2016 election, and you look at how — relatively speaking — it was decided by a handful of votes in a few states, do you think it's possible that Russia's election interference actually worked? It actually elected Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton?"
"I don't think there's any evidence of that," Rice responded, while shaking her head. "And you know, I really don't think that's a good conversation to have."
"I think that really does devalue the people in Wisconsin and Michigan and others who decided to vote for President Trump," Rice continued. "Whether you like this president or not, whether you believe that he should be president or not, let's give the credit to the Americans who went out and voted for somebody who they thought would bring change."
Rice added, "The question is, are we going to be responsive to some of the messages that were out there and 'do you hear me now'? Do people who felt that they were disadvantaged by globalization — the unemployed coal miner in West Virginia, the opioid-addicted person in Pennsylvania — are we going to be responsive to those people? That's really the question we should be asking."
Watch the interview in its entirety below. The exchange on Russia begins around the 5:25 mark:
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