By: Agence France-Presse
US President Donald Trump stated in an interview Wednesday that he has a superb relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, after the 2 met for greater than two hours in Hamburg final week.
“People said, ‘Oh, they shouldn’t get along.’ Well, who are the people that are saying that? I think we get along very, very well,” Trump instructed evangelical Christian chief Pat Robertson on the Christian Broadcasting Network.
“We are a tremendously powerful nuclear power, and so are they. It doesn’t make sense not to have some kind of a relationship,” Trump stated.
Trump, who has come below criticism for his reluctance to criticize Putin instantly over Russia’s meddling in US elections final yr, stated the 2 had an “excellent meeting” on the sidelines of the G20 summit final Friday.
“One thing we did is we had a ceasefire in a major part of Syria where there was tremendous bedlam and tremendous killing,” he instructed Robertson, based on a partial transcript launched by CBN.
“The ceasefire has held for four days…. That’s because President Putin and President Trump made the deal, and it’s held.”
Trump stated that he felt Putin would have most well-liked Hillary Clinton win final yr’s election — though US intelligence says the Russian chief directed a covert effort to assist defeat the Democrat.
“We are the most powerful country in the world and we are getting more and more powerful because I’m a big military person. As an example, if Hillary had won, our military would be decimated,” Trump stated.
“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.”
On Saturday, Putin instructed reporters he had hopes for the bilateral relationship after assembly Trump.
“The Trump that you see on TV is very different than the real Trump,” Putin instructed reporters on the G20 in Germany.
“He perfectly understands whom he is talking to and answers questions quickly. I think personal relations were established.”(AFP)