Trump's 'unpredecented' flattery of Putin 'out-of-step': Obama

Casey Mills
October 20, 2016

He also called it "out of step" with traditional USA norms for many Republicans, even the most hawkish, to echo Trump on Russia, given that for much of his administration they were "constantly haranguing us for even talking to the Russians".

Moscow, which annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and has supported pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, has been upset that the USA military has trained and conducted exercises with several hundred Ukrainian soldiers. Second, with its intervention in Syria on behalf of the Bashar al-Assad regime.

The GOP presidential candidate claimed his opponent, Hillary Clinton, is too tough on Russian Federation which is a source for the friction that exists between the two countries.

"They say, 'Oh well Russian Federation loves Donald Trump and Putin loves Donald Trump".

The antipathy appears to be mutual, said analyst Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institution.

Mr Trump's comments carried echoes of Mrs Clinton's allegations of a "vast right-wing conspiracy", organised to raise similar allegations against her husband two decades ago. I didn't meet him. We'll see how it works. Maybe we'll have a terrible relationship.

"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing", Trump said at the time, while denying that he knows Putin personally and saying he has no personal or business interests in Russian Federation.

She didn't think Russian Federation was a threat either: In remarks to Sanford Bernstein on May 29, 2013, Clinton recounted a meeting with Vladimir Putin when she was secretary of state.

Clinton's campaign previously released a video that noted Trump's connections to Russian Federation. "I think it would be wonderful".

As he was making these claims the lights in the room allegedly flickered, prompting Putin to joke, "Maybe I said something wrong".

Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to have an interest in Donald Trump winning the USA presidency. "We can't go around talking about human rights or freedom of the press or democracy or freedom of religion or nondiscrimination or basic laws of war or the sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries no matter how small and then extol the virtues of someone who violates those principles", Obama said.

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