CNN Reporter: Russians Have Been ‘Immensely Disappointed’ With Trump’s Presidency

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CNN reporter Matthew Chance said on Sunday that Russian citizens are "immensely disappointed" with President Donald Trump's tenure.

Chance was reporting from Russia as voters went to the polls in an election easily won by President Vladimir Putin, given that his chief opponent wasn't allowed to be on the ballot.

Host Fareed Zakaria mentioned a couple of polls conducted on Russian attitudes toward the United States, including a 2017 poll where 68 percent of Russians viewed the United States as their enemy. The 2017 result was the highest percentage since the poll began in 1999.

Chance said that Russians had high hopes Trump's presidency would help them, but it has disappointed them greatly. The Trump administration has held Russia accountable for its meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Russia's actions supporting the Assad regime in Syria, and Russia's continued invasion of Ukraine, amongst other issues.

"There was a moment when Donald Trump was the candidate, when he was elected president of the U.S., when Russians really believed, after years of being … kind of disrespected, I suppose they would see it, by the Obama administration and those earlier, that they thought the situation was going to turn around," Chance said.

"They had really high hopes that Donald Trump was the president who was going to see the world from their point of view, and so they have immensely disappointed in the past year and a half or so, since the Trump presidency began, that that did not happen," Change added. "And I think that when your hopes are high and then they're unfulfilled, your disappointment is greater. And I think that's probably why we're seeing those heightened figures the United States is perceived as the enemy."

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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