In 2009, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and presented him with a gift: a plastic reset button with the Russian word peregruzka emblazoned on its face. Unfortunately, the word did not actually mean “reset” in Russian; instead, it translated as “overcharged.” That faux pas came to define U.S.-Russian relations during Barack Obama’s presidency.
From that point forward, Obama and Clinton not only failed to improve relations with our long-time adversary, they further eroded trust and cooperation between the countries. At one point, a petulant Obama even called off a scheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
It’s one thing for Democrats to make a mess of America’s relations when they hold the reins of power, but now they’re hell-bent on making sure President Donald Trump can’t begin to repair the tattered relationship with Moscow. As if the silly reset stunt and eight years of Obama’s global apology tour weren’t harmful enough.