In a much-promoted interview with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News, U.S. President Trump once again confounded fellow Republicans, not just by defending Vladimir Putin, but by his characterization of the United States. Carnegie’s Andrew Weiss explained that Trump’s equivocation puts the GOP in the difficult position of having to explain what the president really means:

“The Republican Party is in a real jam at the moment because they keep having to interpret exactly what President Trump is saying. A lot of this is motivated by the Trump adminsitration’s desire to have a new modus vivendi with Moscow in fighting ISIL. I think the real focus for this administration should be managing the relationship with Russia instead of promising a dramatic breakthrough.”

This segment first appeared on KCRW’s To The Point.