President Trump believes that Russian President Putin would have been happier if Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 election.
Donalad Trump, speaking to Christian Broadcasting Network claims that the Kremlin wanted to help him win the presidency is nonsensical because Clinton would have made the U.S. weaker, something Putin would presumably like.
“We are the most powerful country in the world, and we are getting more and more powerful because I’m a big military person,” Trump said. “As an example, if Hillary had won, our military would be decimated. Our energy would be much more expensive.
“That’s what Putin doesn’t like about me 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.”
The president Trump say that, under his leadership, he wants the U.S. to expand oil fracking to make the country “self-supporting.”
“We’re going to be exporting energy Putin doesn’t want that,” Trump explained to Robertson. “He would like Hillary where she wants to have windmills. He would much rather have that because energy prices would go up, and Russia, as you know, relies very much on energy.”
Trump said many of his positions are the “exact opposite” of what Putin would want.
The president’s comments came just one day after his son Donald Trump Jr. released an email chain between himself and publicist Rob Goldstone regarding a 2016 meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya.
President Trump declared that his son was “innocent” as the scandal over his campaign’s ties to Moscow escalated with Donald Trump Jr’s admission that he met a Russian lawyer to get information on Hillary Clinton purportedly being offered by a senior Russian official.
“My son Donald did a good job last night,” Mr Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “He was open, transparent and innocent. This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!”
The Kremlin on Wednesday denied that Ms Veselnitskaya was representing the Russian government and said it was unaware of her meeting with the son of the US president.
“We didn’t have contacts with that lawyer and we have nothing to say. It’s got nothing to do with us,” said Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesperson, who likened US media coverage of the saga to a “TV show that’s been on the air too long and could compete with any of the most popular shows on in the US”.