"I honestly don't know what Trump's goals are," said Michael McFaul, ambassador to Russia under President Barack Obama. "He defines a good meeting and a positive relationship with Putin as the goal. That should be the means to achieving the real goals."
"The whole world was watching in Helsinki when President Trump sided with Putin over his own intelligence community and we still, all this time later, don't know what they discussed in their private meeting," said Michael McFaul, U.S. ambassador to Russia under President Barack Obama. "And now, I suspect, they will bond over the end of the Mueller probe and push the narrative, individually and together, that there was nothing there. It will feel like a vindication to them both."