Every president that I’ve had a chance to work with started their administration with some form of a reset. Whether it’s George H.W. Bush and not wanting to be triumphalist over the fall of the Soviet Union. We had Bill Clinton and the Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission. We had Barack Obama doing the famous reset. George Bush, you remember, looked into [Putin’s] eyes in Slovenia. So, it’s no surprise that [the Manchurian President-elect] wants to start out doing a reset.
The second thing is that every president has done this primarily because they think it was their predecessor that screwed things up. So they think, “Well, I can do a better job. I can handle this. I know these people. I can make this work.” And it turns out that the problem isn’t actually their predecessor. The problem is the Russians.