Russian President Vladimir Putin has a plan to divide the U.S. from its allies, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Tuesday, and President Donald Trump is \u201cplaying into that plan either on purpose or by accident.\u201d\nIn an interview with PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff, Albright said that \u201cPresident Putin is a KGB agent and he\u2019s very smart and he has played a weak hand well.\u201d\n\u201cThere are a number of things that were said that I think really make us wonder what [Trump\u2019s] role is with the Russians and frankly what the Russians expect out of him,\u201d Albright said. To Putin, she added, \u201cTrump is the gift that keeps on giving.\u201d\nAlbright criticized the way Trump treated U.S. allies last week at a NATO summit and the praise he gave Putin after their meeting in Helsinki. Albright spoke with Woodruff hours after Trump claimed that he misspoke when he said at a Monday news conference with Putin that he didn\u2019t see any reason why Russia would meddle in the 2016 presidential election, despite the assessment of multiple U.S. intelligence agencies and statements from other Trump administration officials that it did.\nTrump said Tuesday back at the White House that he meant to say that he didn\u2019t see any reason why Russia \u201cwouldn\u2019t\u201d interfere.\nThe president framed his remarks as a clarification, but Albright said she is still unclear on how he feels about Russia or whether he believes Putin.\n\u201cI think he must think we’re genuinely stupid because if one watched what he was doing in his press conference, he made it quite clear that he was believing Putin much more than his own people,\u201d Albright said.\n\u201cI think that Russia is his friend and [he] only cares about collusion because he’s so uncertain about his own victory,” she added.\nAlbright said Trump\u2019s remarks, combined with his criticism of NATO allies last week, \u201cadds up to total confusion about what the role of the United States is.\u201d\n\u201cI think he\u2019s so unclear and is only interested in superlatives,\u201d said Albright, who worked on the National Security Council and as the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. before becoming secretary of state. \u201cI think he may in fact get his wish and go down in history as the least democratic president we\u2019ve had.\u201d\nOther highlights from the interview\nOn other countries\u2019 NATO spending: Albright said she thinks it\u2019s important that U.S. allies increase their NATO spending, something other presidents before Trump have also requested. But she took issue with the president\u2019s tone, saying Trump bullied other countries into something and then took credit for it. It “underlines the fact that people don\u2019t know what he\u2019s saying or why he\u2019s saying it.\u201d\nOn the United States\u2019 relationship with its allies: \u201cI am concerned about lasting damage\u201d from Trump\u2019s remarks at NATO, Albright said. Allies are concerned and confused, said Albright, who said she just spent several weeks in Europe. \u201cI am nervous that the longer this goes on that it\u2019s harder to fix and that the allies will take different roads and will decide that we are not dependable.\u201d “They’re all trying to figure out what their next steps are,” she added.