Trump Says Putin Would Have Preferred Hillary Clinton in Oval Office
Russian President Vladimir Putin would have preferred Hillary Clinton in the White House instead of Donald Trump, the U.S. president asserted on Wednesday.
“If Hillary had won, our military would be decimated. Our energy would be much more expensive,” Trump told the Christian Broadcasting Network’s founder, Pat Robertson.
“That’s what Putin doesn’t like about me,” the president added. “And that’s why I say, why would he want me? Because from day one I wanted a strong military. He doesn’t want to see that.”
CBN posted excerpts of the interview online Wednesday. The network, which says its reports provide “the Christian perspective” on the news, will issue a fuller version Thursday, as part of its “700 Club” program.
Trump: ‘We need dialogue’
Trump said his initial “excellent meeting” with Putin last week, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Germany, was productive despite their differences.
“We need dialogue with everybody,” the president said.
“Well, he wants what’s good for Russia, and I want what’s good for the United States. And I think in a case like Syria where we can get together, do a cease-fire — and there are many other cases where getting along can be a very positive thing — but always Putin is going to want Russia and Trump is going to want the United States (to succeed), and that’s the way it is,” Trump said in the account provided by CBN.
The current cease-fire in Syria remains intact, in contrast to previous efforts to stop the violence there, which Trump said “haven’t held at all.”
The success of this one, he said, is “because President Putin and President Trump made the deal, and it’s held. Now, I don’t know what’s going to happen (next). Maybe as we’re speaking they start shooting again.”
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