President Trump had a blunt warning for Vladimir Putin today.
President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will be Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “worst nightmare” if the pair’s budding relationship falters, unlike former President Barack Obama, who Trump said was a “patsy” for Russia.“I think he knows that,” Trump said. “I’ll be his worst nightmare. But I don’t think it’ll be that way. I actually think we’ll have a good relationship.”
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He pointed to the dozens of Russian diplomats his State Department has expelled and the sanction packages his Treasury Department has imposed, contrasting it with Obama’s infamous 2012 hot mic moment with Russia’s then-president, Dmitry Medvedev, when he said he would have “more flexibility” after that year’s presidential election, his final campaign.
“Look at the sanctions I’ve put on. look at the diplomats I threw out. Look at all of the things that I’ve done. Nobody else did what I’ve done. Obama didn’t do it. Obama was a patsy for Russia. He was a total patsy. Look at the statement he made when he thought the mics were turned off, OK?” Trump said. “Getting along with President Putin, getting along with Russia is a positive, not a negative. Now, with that being said, if that doesn’t work out, I’ll be the worst enemy he’s ever had. The worst he’s ever had.”
The president spent political capital in an effort to improve relations with Moscow, which have deteriorated over previous administrations. The president’s utmost desire is to have a productive, peaceful relationship with the world’s other leading nuclear power. On the other hand, the president will not hesitate to impose further sanctions on the Russians, or do what is necessary to protect Americans from Russian aggression, contrary to what the media has reported this week.
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