Condoleezza Rice interview: Full Transcript

As President Donald Trump continues to craft his foreign policy doctrine, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice offers insight on America’s problems on the international stage. 

Rice, the author of a new book “Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom,” sat down with CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent and host of “Face the Nation,” John Dickerson, to discuss Russia and the growing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. 

What follows is a full transcript of the interview, which aired Sunday on “Face the Nation.”


JOHN DICKERSON: And joining us now is former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She’s got a new book out. It’s titled “Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom.” Welcome, Madam Secretary.

RICE: Thank you.

JOHN DICKERSON: Very good to have you here.

CONDOLEEZZA RICE: Great to be with you.

JOHN DICKERSON: Senator Manchin and I were just talking about Russia so I’ll start there with the question to you, which is: help Americans, who have heard all the political talk of Russia, how should Americans think about Russia and America’s national security interests?

CONDOLEEZZA RICE: Well, we have to think about Russia in terms of the last several years under Vladimir Putin. And I think what we’re seeing is a president of Russia who has established authoritarianism at home and assertiveness and aggressiveness abroad. He really believes that he is re-establishing Russian greatness, that he has Russia back in the game. But the most important thing is that he hasn’t seemed to respect certain lines in doing that. And the most important thing is to re-establish that the United States is going to defend its allies in NATO under Article 5: “An attack upon one is an attack upon all,” that the United States will not countenance the Russian military threatening our forces by flying very close to our ships or to our planes. I think rebuilding the Defense budget has helped to send that signal. And by the way, the strike in Syria has helped us send the…

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