United President Donald Trump has defended Russian President Vladimir Putin over allegations that the Russian state carried out murders.
While being interviewed by Fox News, Mr. Trump said that the world has is full of killers including America. “Do you think our country is so innocent?” Trump asked the interviewer, Bill O’Reilly.
The US President added that he has lots of respect for Mr. Putin and that the two “get along” easily.
He expressed his desire to see the Russian state effectively combat Islamic terrorism.
The interview’s excerpts, conducted in Trump’s Florida home, have been made public even as the President gets ready for a full interview with Fox News Agency later on Sunday evening and the two nights that follow, reports CNN.
When Mr. O’Reilly asked him whether he respected Putin, Trump quickly replied, stating that he does respect him. The 45th President further explained that he respects so many people but that is not a direct implication that he gets along with them all.
“I say it’s better to get along with Russia than not. And if Russia helps us in the fight against Isis, which is a major fight, and Islamic terrorism all over the world – that’s a good thing. Will I get along with him? I have no idea,” he said.
Trump-Putin Phone Call
Mr. Trump had spoken with Putin on the phone with the two men arriving at an agreement that they will maintain “regular personal contact”. However, a specific date for their meeting is yet to be scheduled.
The long-awaited Washington – Moscow phone call was hugely centered at Putin’s call for the US and Russia to collaborate in combating international terrorism. However, thorny issues like allegations of Russia hacking US general elections were kept off the table.
Russian head of the foreign relations, Konstantin Kosachyov, said that the purpose of the phone call was to restore sense to the Russian-American dialogue.
Despite expectations that Trump would come up with the proposal to cut down US sanctions against Russia, the Interfax news agency reported that such a subject wasn’t raised.
The two leaders concentrated on defeating ISIS, as explained by Kremlin and the White House.
Their emphasis was that if they joined forces, then their top priority would be to deal with the threat of international terrorism.
During a 2015 speech to the United Nations, Russian President suggested on the need to form an International Coalition working against terrorism. His speech was delivered just some few days before Russia joined President Bashar al-Assad’s forces to help settle the Syrian war.
A memorandum signed by President Donald Trump gives a direction to the U.S. security agencies to spot areas where a coalition can be formed and then driven towards fighting ISIS (the so-called Islamic State).
Trump on his own Controversies
Fox News journalist Bill O’Reilly asked POTUS whether he is justified to make claims without having any facts to support them. The interviewer specifically pointed out his repeated rhetoric that there were millions of illegal voters in the 2016 Presidential elections.
“Many people have come out and said I’m right, you know that,” replied Trump.
He further added that the country would be in a bad position if more “illegals” continue to make it to the ballot paper.