Trump Claims Putin Isn’t The ‘Enemy’ And Suggests He Wants To Be Just Like Him
Donald Trump doesn’t see Russian President Vladimir Putin as the enemy. In fact, Trump sees him as a competitor that he’s trying to beat, according to his latest statements about the Russian leader.
Before leaving Brussels where he met with NATO leaders, Trump spoke to a pool of reporters claiming that he’s looking forward to his meeting with Putin.
“I think we’ll get along well,” Trump claimed of Putin. “But ultimately he’s a competitor. He’s representing Russia. I’m representing the United States. So in a sense, we’re competitors, not a question of friend or enemy. He’s not my enemy,” Trump said.
“Hopefully some day, maybe he’ll be a friend. It could happen but I don’t know him very well,” he added.
Trump was then asked about what he thought of Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. He avoided the question and he also avoided calling Putin a threat. The U.S. president claimed: “I don’t want him to be, and that’s I guess why we have NATO.”
Trump has been heavily criticized for his warm words about the Russian president while calling out U.S. allies like Germany.