The event that most clearly revealed the convergence of politics in the United States and Russia during Trump's term was his disorganized but deadly serious attempt to stage a self-coup and halt the peaceful transfer of executive power after he lost the 2020 election to Biden. — Fiona Hill, a National Security Council official during the Trump administration
The event that most clearly revealed the convergence of politics in the United States and Russia during Trump's term was his disorganized but deadly serious attempt to stage a self-coup and halt the peaceful transfer of executive power after he lost the 2020 election to Biden. — Fiona Hill, a National Security Council official during the Trump administration
Fiona Hill said Trump's deadly Jan. 6 'self-coup' attempt showed the ways he'd made the US more like Putin's Russia
  • The deadly Jan. 6 riot showed how Trump made the US more like Russia under Putin, Fiona Hill said in a new op-ed.
  • Trump during his tenure "came to more closely resemble Putin in political practice" than any of his US predecessors, Hill said.
  • Hill wrote that Trump's lies about the election resembled tactics employed by Putin to tighten his grip.
Fiona Hill in a new Foreign Affairs op-ed said that President Donald Trump's deadly "self-coup" attempt on January 6 was indicative of the ways in which the US became more like Russia under his leadership.

Hill, a National Security Council official during the Trump administration, wrote that Trump during his tenure "came to more closely resemble [Russian President Vladimir] Putin in political practice" than any of his US predecessors.

"The event that most clearly revealed the convergence of politics in the United States and Russia during Trump's term was his disorganized but deadly serious attempt to stage a self-coup and halt the peaceful transfer of executive power after he lost the 2020 election to Biden," said Hill, who served as Trump's top Russia advisor and co-authored a biography on Putin.

"Russia, after all, has a long history of coups and succession crises, dating back to the tsarist era, including three during the past 30 years," she added.

The Capitol attack was the culmination of four years of "conspiracies and lies that Trump and his allies had fed to his supporters on social media platforms, in speeches, and on television," Hill said.

The "Big Lie," or the false notion that the election was stolen from Trump, was "built on the backs of the thousands of little lies that Trump uttered nearly every time he spoke and that were then nurtured within the dense ecosystem of Trumpist media outlets," Hill added.

... "Putin has to deter or defeat any opponents, foreign or domestic, who have the capacity to undermine his regime," Hill said. "His hope is that leaders in the United States will get so bogged down with problems at home that they will cease criticizing his personalization of power and will eschew any efforts to transform Russia."


The US intelligence community concluded that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 election — under Putin's orders — to boost Trump's chances of winning.

Trump's amicable dynamic with Putin was therefore a constant source of criticism and speculation during his presidency. He went out of his way to avoid criticizing the Russia leader, despite rising tensions Washington and Moscow over Putin's aggressive actions both at home and abroad.

Trump also downplayed Russian election interference, and during an infamous July 2018 press conference appeared to side with Putin over the US intelligence community over the matter. Hill, who was with Trump in Helsinki at the time, wrote that she considered "faking a seizure" and "hurling" herself into the journalists sitting behind her in order to derail the press conference.
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