The New World Order: Praising An Adversary

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Donald Trump Comments About Vladimir Putin

Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow – if so, will he become my new best friend

11:17 PM – Jun 18, 2013

March 4, 2014 Amid Russian aggression in Ukraine, Trump tells “Fox and Friends” that Mitt Romney was right about Russia being a “geopolitical foe.”

“Well Mitt Romney was so right, and nobody knew how right he was going to be, and you look at Obama’s response and just take a look at what’s going on,” said Trump. “Syria was propped up by Russia. Syria’s now back in their fold 100% and that whole deal is coming to an end because Russia’s taken over.”

Trump added, “There are a lot of things we could be doing economically to Russia. Russia is not strong economically and we could do a lot of different things to really do numbers on them if we wanted to.”

March 13, 2014 Trump tells NBC’s “Today” that the US should “definitely do sanctions” against Russia for their aggression in Ukraine.

“And we have to show some strength. I mean, Putin has eaten Obama’s lunch, therefore our lunch, for a long period of time,” he said. “And I just hope that Obama, who’s not looking too good, doesn’t do something very foolish and very stupid to show his manhood. I just hope that doesn’t happen.”

Dec. 16, 2014 Trump tells Fox News host Neil Cavuto that Putin is like a “wounded animal” due to the Obama administration’s actions against Russia.

“We’ve hurt Russia and we’ve done certain things that have really hurt Russia,” he said. “And I don’t know is that a good thing or is that a bad thing? We’ll see what happens.”

He added that Putin is “wounded” and that “wounded people and wounded animals can do lots of strange things and we’d better be a little bit careful.”

July 8, 2015 Trump tells CNN’s Anderson Cooper that if he becomes president, Putin would turn over Edward Snowden to the US.

“I think I get along with him fine,” Trump said of the Russian president. “I think he would be absolutely fine. He would never keep somebody like Snowden in Russia. He hates Obama. He doesn’t respect Obama. Obama doesn’t like him either. But he has no respect for Obama. Has a hatred for Obama. And Snowden is living the life. Look if that — if I’m president, Putin says, hey, boom, you’re gone. I guarantee you this.”

[In January 2017, a spokesperson for the Russian foreign ministry wrote on Facebook that Snowden’s asylum, which was due to expire in 2017, was extended by “a couple more years”.Snowden’s lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said the extension was valid until 2020]

Dec. 20, 2015 In an interview with ABC’s “This Week,” Trump defends against allegations Putin has ordered the killings of journalists and dissidents.

“As far as the reporters are concerned — as far as the reporters are concerned, obviously I don’t want that to happen. I think it’s terrible — horrible. But, in all fairness to Putin, you’re saying he killed people. I haven’t’ seen that. I don’t know that he has. Have you been able to prove that? Do you know the names of the reporters that he’s killed? Because I’ve been — you know, you’ve been hearing this, but I haven’t seen the name. Now, I think it would be despicable if that took place, but I haven’t’ seen any evidence that he killed anybody in terms of reporters.

[Trump Reaffirms His Support For Saudi Arabia After Killing Of Journalist]

Jan. 26, 2016 In an interview with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo, Trump discusses the 2006 murder of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian security agent, and the 2016 findings of a British inquiry that Putin “probably approved” his poisoning.

“Have they found him guilty?” Trump said. “I don’t think they’ve found him guilty.”

“If he did it, fine. But I don’t know that he did it. You know, people are saying they think it was him, it might have been him, it could have been him. But Maria, in all fairness to Putin—I don’t know. You know, and I’m not saying this because he says, ‘Trump is brilliant and leading everybody’ —the fact is that, you know, he hasn’t been convicted of anything.”

July 27, 2016 Trump says at a news conference that he had never met Putin and didn’t know who he was:

“I never met Putin,” Trump said. “I don’t know who Putin is. He said one nice thing about me. He said I’m a genius. I said thank you very much to the newspaper and that was the end of it. I never met Putin.”

He also said, “I would treat Vladimir Putin firmly, but there’s nothing I can think of that I’d rather do than have Russia friendly, as opposed to the way they are right now, so that we can go and knock out ISIS with other people.”

In the same news conference, Trump called on Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails as secretary of state.

July 31, 2016 Trump tells ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that if he were to be elected president, Putin is “not going into Ukraine.”

“He’s not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you understand,” Trump said. “He’s not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it down. You can take it anywhere you want.”

Asked about Putin’s previous invasion of Crimea, Trump said, “OK — well, he’s there in a certain way. But I’m not there. You have Obama there. And frankly, that whole part of the world is a mess under Obama with all the strength that you’re talking about and all of the power of NATO and all of this. In the meantime, he’s going away. He takes Crimea.”

Oct. 19, 2016 At the third presidential debate, Trump denied Clinton’s charge he was Putin’s “puppet”, saying “No puppet. You’re the puppet.”

He further denied having met Putin and said that Putin had “outsmarted” Clinton and Obama.

Jan. 11, 2017 Trump says he believes Russia was responsible for the hacking the Democratic National committee in 2016:

“I think it was Russia,” Trump said, adding that Putin “should not be doing it.”

“He won’t be doing it. Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I am leading it than when other people have led it,” Trump said.

Trump also said he believes a good relationship with Putin would be an asset.

“If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability, because we have a horrible relationship with Russia. Russia can help us fight ISIS, which, by the way, is, number one, tricky. I mean if you look, this administration created ISIS by leaving at the wrong time. The void was created, ISIS was formed.”

Feb. 16, 2017 Trump says at a news conference that he has no deals in Russia:

“And I can tell you, speaking for myself, I own nothing in Russia. I have no loans in Russia. I don’t have any deals in Russia. President Putin called me up very nicely to congratulate me on the win of the election,” Trump said.

Trump adds, “I would love to be able to get along with Russia. Now, you’ve had a lot of presidents that haven’t taken that tack. Look where we are now. Look where we are now. So, if I can – now, I love to negotiate things, I do it really well, and all that stuff. But – but it’s possible I won’t be able to get along with Putin.”

July 16, 2018: During his historic summit with Putin in Helsinki, Trump claims that he doesn’t see “any reason why it would be” Russia that meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a stance that stands in direct contradiction to the consensus among the U.S. intelligence community. He also blames the United States for being “foolish,” which he says led to the tension between Washington and Moscow.

July 17, 2018: Trump walks back his comments in Helsinki by claiming that he misspoke during the press conference with Putin: “I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t.’ The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t — or why it wouldn’t be Russia.’” Written in the margins of his speech is the phrase “THERE IS NO COLUSION,” with the word “collusion” misspelled. July 18, 2018: Trump says, “Thank you very much, no,” when a reporter asks him whether Russia is still targeting the United States, whereas Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said the contrary last week. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later attempts to explain this contradiction by saying that the president merely said “no” to decline to comment. July 18, 2018: In a CBS interview, Trump claims that he would hold Putin personally responsible for Russian meddling in the 2016 election. “I would, because he’s in charge of the country. Just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country,” Trump says. “So certainly as the leader of the country you would have to hold him responsible.”


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