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Several members of the House and Senate have publicly criticized President Vladimir Putin's op-ed in The New York Times.
Putin took a direct shot at President Barack Obama's speech on Syria Tuesday, writing, "It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation."
"Most of Russia's foreign policy over the last few years has been dedicated to the single foundational premise that they want to stick a finger in the eye of the American president," said Democratic Senator Chris Murphy.
The op-ed was published online the eve before a high stakes discussion between the U.S. and Russia; Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov are now in Geneva negotiating a framework to disarm Syria of its stockpile of chemical weapons.
"Some people are skeptical that this deal is going to get done, because in the end it's really good policy for him at home to beat up on the Americans. I think that's the reason that op-ed ends that way, because it's in part speaking much more to the Russian people than to the Americans," said Murphy.
For more of this discussion with Senator Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, along with CNN's Dana Bash, Gloria Borger, Jessica Yellin, and Jake Tapper, watch the video above.