Censor.NET reports citing Foreign Policy.
The decision to hire Fiona Hill, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, for one of the government's top jobs dealing with U.S.-Russia relations is likely to earn bipartisan praise in Congress where Republicans and Democrats have expressed mounting unease with the Trump administration's apparent contacts with Russian officials during the presidential campaign. The House Intelligence Committee laid out parameters Wednesday for an investigation into the Trump campaign's possible contacts with Russian officials.
Hill, a dual U.S.-UK citizen and former U.S. intelligence officer from 2006 to 2009, has written critically of Putin's autocratic tendencies and desire of a "weakened U.S. presidency."
"Blackmail and intimidation are part of his stock in trade," she wrote in a column last summer explaining Putin's interest in interfering in America's presidential elections.
In her 2013 biography of Putin, she warned policymakers not to underestimate the Russian strongman given his strategic cunning and ability to find weaknesses in opponents derived from his experience in the KGB.
Since President Donald Trump's election in November, she has dismissed the possibility of a dramatic rapprochement with Russia given the inherent differences between Washington and Moscow. "The Russians will get all giddy with expectations, and then they'll be dashed, like, five minutes into the relationship because the U.S. and Russia just have a very hard time … being on the same page," she told The Atlantic in November.
Hill was offered the position by National Security Council chief of staff Keith Kellogg prior to the ouster of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. She hasn't yet filled the position and is still going through procedural steps such as background and security checks, according to the White House official. Hill is "in the process to take over the Europe and Russia position," said the official.
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