Instead of attacking Donald Trump for doing an interview that appeared on Russian television, Charles Krauthammer opted to criticize the content of the interview rather than the setting, saying that Republicans now cannot attack Hillary Clinton on the issue of Russia:
Look, whether or not he knew where it was going to appear, I think, is irrelevant. It’s the content of what he said. Look, four years ago, the Republicans nominated — in a year when they could have, should have run against Obamacare, it would have been their strongest issue — they nominated the one guy in the country who couldn’t bring it up, because he created it in Massachusetts. This time, they have an opponent in Hillary who is clearly vulnerable on Russia. The reset was an embarrassment. It was clear at the beginning — it was hopelessly naïve, the Russians would take advantage of it.
Putin has played Obama for a fool over the four years. Obama actually thinking even four years ago, as late as then, that he could deal with Putin, be a tough guy, after he’s re-elected, on every front. But the Republicans end up nominating the one guy who can’t make this case because of his repeated express admiration for a guy who kills his political opponents, jails his opponents, the ones he doesn’t kill, took over the press, controls it, and invades sovereign countries. So we have an issue that is no longer an issue that can be used.