“Long before I got here, President Obama allowed that to happen,” Trump told reporters in Belgium just days before he’s set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “That was on his watch, not on my watch. That was on Barack Obama’s watch, that was not on Trump’s watch,” he added.
“Would I have allowed it to happen?” Trump said. “No, I would not have allowed it to happen. But he did allow it to happen, so that was his determination.”
Trump had been asked whether he would recognize Crimea as part of Russia, and indicated he would not go that far.”What will happen with Crimea from this point on? That I can’t tell you,” he said. “But I’m not happy about Crimea. But again, that was Barack Obama’s watch, not Trump’s watch.”
Barack Obama did little to stop the Russian invasion of Crimea, like George Bush, who did little in response to the Russian invasion of Georgia. Russian aggression has been an issue since Putin came to power in 1999, and President Trump is standing up to it. He called out the German chancellor Angela Merkel for her secretive dealings with Russia, and is sending the clear message that America will not stand by again if Russians invade their neighbors.