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We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success. Will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government. I look forward to meeting with those conducting serious investigations of these issues.
We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success. Will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government. I worked with Oleg Deripaska almost a decade ago representing him on business and personal matters in countries where he had investments. My work for Mr. Deripaska did not involve representing Russian political interests.
This is now dam-breaking with water flushing out with all kinds of entanglements.
We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success.
I worked with Oleg Deripaska almost a decade ago representing him on business and personal matters in countries where he had investments. My work for Mr Deripaska did not involve representing Russian political interests.
Putin hated Secretary Clinton so much that he had a clear preference for the person running against Secretary Clinton. That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian Government and whether there was any coordination.
Namely that you could embrace Putin given what he's done in Crimea, given the fact he's tried to destabilize Ukraine, given the fact he's tried to cause some anxiety in the Baltic etc., and it's inexplicable at this point, so I think he's [Trump] going to have to be more forthcoming. I think he's also learning you can't be a CEO of the US and conduct it as if it were the Trump business empire.
There's something here that doesn't quite measure up.
It's a learning process which I think he's unfamiliar with and has not had to deal with in the past, and is something he's softening his rhetoric to some degree, and changing his positions based on the advice that he's getting from very, very good choices you have in the National Security Field.
President Trump will find it hard to move ahead with Republicans in the Senate saying 'Wait a minute, we want to investigate, we want to follow the money, and we want to look at Mr. Manafort and others. I don't think President Trump will be able to have a reset with President Putin until the issue of money, and the trail of money is resolved.
There is a cloud hanging over the Trump administration saying what is the nature and the basis of this bromance (with President Putin)? The president should be asked three questions, number one, what do you own? Number two, what do you owe? And three, to whom you owe it? And if you resolve those issues then you remove the cloud (as) we all want a better relationship with Russia.
There's a cloud hanging over the Trump administration saying, 'What is the nature and basis of this bromance?' Namely that you could embrace Putin given what he's done in Crimea, given the fact he's tried to destabilize Ukraine, given the fact he's tried to cause some anxiety in the Baltic, et cetera, and it's inexplicable at this point, so I think he's going to have to be more forthcoming.
I like Trump and I hope he will be peaceful with Russia. I don't think Putin is interested in the Baltics. He doesn't need it. We are just neighbors.
I knew this was how he understood the word patriotism – just the way he had been taught in all those KGB schools: the country is as great as the fear it inspires, and the media should be loyal.
He's a killer. There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers. Well, you think our country is so innocent?
I hear by demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and lying about it.
Russia’s president never wanted to dethrone America, but use it to further his kleptocracy. He’ll have to think again. Anyone who tells you that they know what’s going on behind the Kremlin’s red battlements is lying. Those who speak don’t know, while those who know don’t speak. Moscow insiders with actual insight into what the Russian president thinks about the mess in America are keeping their counsel, thus leaving the uninformed and the hysterical to fill in the (very large) gaps. This is unfortunate, because it would be really useful to know what Putin thinks right now.
In retrospect, I should have slowed down and said I did meet with one official a couple of times and that was the Russian ambassador.
I hereby demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and lying about it.
We should start an immediate investigation into @SenSchumer and his ties to Russia and Putin. A total hypocrite!
Happily talk re: my contact w Mr. Putin & his associates, took place in '03 in full view of press & public under oath. Would you &your team?
And for the record, they were Krispy Kreme donuts.
When I showed the president of Russia a Krispy Kreme doughnut and he ate it and said it was good, that was one of the more surreal moments I've had in politics.
If the Trump administration hopes to get ahead of the Russiagate story, it better hurry.
We have heard different statements from President Trump.
There is so much panic in the U.S. political establishment over Russia right now that Trump will be boxed in on what he can do.
We have had two presidents - a Republican and a Democrat - previous to the current president who thought they could do such a deal with Vladimir Putin. Both of them fell on their face because they did not understand what they were dealing with. It is my sincerest hope that our current President doesn't make the same mistakes.
I was close to Schumer in many ways.
Please explain to me how volunteers meeting at a conference where nearly 80 ambassadors attended is a story. I guess it's kind of lost on me where that would be newsworthy in any capacity. I mean, Chuck Schumer sitting and having drinks with Putin and that's not a news story, but apparently a volunteer for a campaign bumping into one at a conference where there's again dozens of other ambassadors is newsworthy.
Underhand, reckless and naive: the US president has been some, or all, of these in pursuit of a rapprochement. But might he succeed where Obama failed?The devil lies in the definition. Bill Clinton “never had sex with that woman”, and got away with it. Jeff Sessions never had “communication” with a Russian ambassador, Sergei Kysliak. But it depends what you mean by sex, and what you mean by communication.
I didn't have – did not have communications with the Russians.
Reports received from government, from regions and organizations, don't always look substantive. They're often just runarounds trying to push back this or that deadline. Our respected colleagues report that they've done this and that, but in reality … basically nothing has happened.
Ironically enough, I actually think that all of this focus on the Trump-Putin ties makes it far less likely simply to have a thaw in ties, and therefore the sanctions and all the other political ramifications that surround Russia really put a huge question mark as to whether the rally can continue.
Specific dates of such a meeting... are not being considered at all.
Donald Trump has done nothing good for Russia, nothing. But they already attack him.
Absolutely not – not laughing. The situation is very serious and the whole of [Putin's] team, they are nervous.
"Trump is not living in a box – he is living in a crowd. He should listen to the people around him especially in the areas where he is weak.". "Trump cannot come to a meeting with Putin as a loser – he must sort out his domestic problems first.". "It's a risky game.".
Very serious preparatory work is going on in the Kremlin, including a paper – seven pages – describing a psychological portrait of Trump, especially based on this last two to three months, and the last weeks. Trump is not living in a box – he is living in a crowd. He should listen to the people around him especially in the areas where he is weak. Trump cannot come to a meeting with Putin as a loser – he must sort out his domestic problems first. It's a risky game.
There has not yet been substantive contact between the two heads of state, . We haven't been wearing rose-tinted glasses, we never harboured illusions, so there is nothing to be disappointed in. There has not yet been substantive contact between the two heads of state. It's not known when this will happen. And probably only after they talk will it be clear where significant differences remain and where it is possible to discover areas for cooperation.
The fate of Russia-American relations is much less predictable than it was just a few weeks ago.
I think the biggest risk to the rally is that we're going to see a protectionist movement … throwing tariffs on, and then retaliation [from abroad]. It has to be recognized as a risk to the market. If [Russian President Vladimir Putin] makes some moves toward the Baltic states or more aggressively in Ukraine, … if China makes some moves, you know, Trump is more unpredictable. And that unpredictability is a negative for the market.
Putin's propaganda machine supported Trump, but I think the reason they supported him is not for him to win, they didn't expect him to win actually, but they wanted to discredit American democracy.
I think at a minimum that there would be an understanding that the Trump administration will insist with Putin that an Iranian-Hezbollah-Shiite militia presence can't go below a certain line within Syria.
What about Ljubljana, Slovenia? Of course, it is a great place to hold a dialogue of this kind. But it doesn't depend only on us, it also depends on a range of things, current issues. If these meetings ever happen, then I have nothing against Ljubljana.
"By joining our efforts, we could make a considerable contribution to settling these issues, including fighting international terrorism,"
I couldn't confirm this. We've already reported everything that we considered necessary about the results of the telephone conversation. We have nothing to add.
Ljubljana – and Slovenia in general – is of course a great place to hold such dialogue. If this meeting takes place someday, we have nothing against Ljubljana (as the venue). We always welcomed that and we hope that relations will be restored in full in all areas. It relates to trade and economic ties, security issues and various regions of the world, which are suffering from numerous conflicts. By pooling our efforts, we naturally would be able to significantly contribute to solving those issues, including the fight against international terrorism.
I was reassured by what I heard in the meetings on the intention to stick to the full implementation of the agreement. We agreed that as long as the Minsk agreements are not fully implemented, sanctions would remain in place. But I don't know if this is going to be the consolidated policy . . . I was not in the Oval Office when President Trump called President (Vladimir) Putin.
As regards Ljubljana, Slovenia in general, it is of course a brilliant place to have a dialogue of such a sort. But it doesn't depend only on us, it depends on a whole series of circumstances. If these meetings ever happen, we don't have anything against Ljubljana.
"As regards Ljubljana, Slovenia in general, it is of course a brilliant place to have a dialogue of such a sort. But it doesn't depend only on us, it depends on a whole series of circumstances,". "If these meetings ever happen, we don't have anything against Ljubljana".
The Russian-US relations have especially strongly degraded over the past five years, and of course they need to be restored in the interests of both the Russian and American people. As for Ljubljana, Slovenia in general, of course, it is an excellent place to conduct dialogues of this kind. However, it does not depend solely on us, it depends on a number of circumstances – current affairs.
We're looking into the situation, yes, and it's very concerning. I would say they had a very productive call. It wasn't like he didn't know what was being said. He wanted an opinion on something.
It's impossible to overstate the negligence of the president of the United States not knowing basic facts about nuclear policy and arms control. New START has unquestionably made our country safer, an opinion widely shared by national security experts on both sides of the aisle.
Ljubljana – and Slovenia in general – is of course a great place to hold such dialogue. If this meeting takes place someday, we have nothing against Ljubljana (as the venue). By joining our efforts, we could make a considerable contribution to settling these issues, including fighting international terrorism.
He asserted incorrectly then that it had allowed Russia to continue to produce nuclear warheads while the United States could not.
Unfortunately, Mr. Trump appears to be clueless about the value of this key nuclear risk reduction treaty and the unique dangers of nuclear weapons.
"We consider such words from the Fox TV company to be unacceptable and insulting, and honestly speaking, we would prefer to get an apology from such a respected TV company,"
Well I respect a lot of people but that doesn't mean I'm going to get along with them. He's a leader of his country. 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, major fight, that's a good thing. Will I get along with him? I have no idea. It's very possible I won't. A lot of killers. We got a lot of killers. You think our country is so innocent? You think our country is so innocent?
I don't know of any government leaders that are killers in America.
Take a look at what we've done too. We've made a lot of mistakes. I've been against the war in Iraq from the beginning. A lot of mistakes. OK but a lot of people were killed so – a lot of killers around believe me.
Mistakes are different though.
"We are not the same as Putin"
We consider such words from the Fox TV company to be unacceptable and insulting, and honestly speaking, we would prefer to get an apology from such a respected TV company.
I do respect him. But I respect a lot of people. That doesn't mean I'm going to get along with him. But he's a killer, though. Putin's a killer.
When has a Democratic political activists been poisoned by the GOP [Republicans], or vice versa? We are not the same as #Putin.
A recent outburst in fighting in the Donbass, observed since January 28, follows a cyclical pattern of intensification and de-escalation, characteristic to this conflict. A frozen-conflict in the Donbass serves Russia's goals of preventing Ukraine from joining the EU and NATO. A more sustainable settlement would likely entail a wider agreement between Russia and Western powers, including the U.S.
What you're hearing there is a determination by the president of the United States to not let semantics or the arguments of the past get in the way of exploring the ability to work together with Russia and with President Putin in the days ahead.
We think such words a Fox News correspondent are unacceptable, insulting. We would prefer to receive apologies to our president from such a respectable television company.
As for statements by the U.S. president, I would prefer not to comment in this case.
Putin's a former KGB [the main security agency for the Soviet Union] agent. He's a thug. He was not elected in a way that most people would consider a credible election. The Russians annexed Crimea, invaded Ukraine and messed around in our elections. And no, I don't think there's any equivalency between the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does.
We would like to receive an apology from the president from this respected organization.
Maybe it will take till sometime into next year, but we are certainly going to be in the process. Very complicated. Obamacare is a disaster. You have to remember, Obamacare doesn't work. So we are putting in a wonderful plan. It statutorily takes a while to get. We're going to be putting it in fairly soon. I think that, yes, I would like to say by the end of the year at least the rudiments, but we should have something within the year and the following year.
Putin's a former KGB agent. He's a thug. He was not elected in a way that most people would consider a credible election. The Russians annexed Crimea, invaded Ukraine and messed around in our elections. And no, I don't think there's any equivalency between the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does. There's no evidence that it occurred in such a significant number that would have changed the presidential election, and I don't think we ought to spend any federal money investigating that. I think the states can take a look at this issue.
I want to know what the Russians have on Donald Trump. I think we have to have an investigation by the F.B.I. into his financial, personal and political connections to Russia.
I'll be honest, I don't know what the president is trying to do with statements like these. There is no moral equivalency between the United States of America – the greatest freedom loving nation in the history of the world – and the murderous thugs that are in Putin's defense of his cronyism.
American ideals are superior to countries all across the world. But, again, what the president is determined to do, as someone who has spent a lifetime looking for deals, is to see if we can have a new relationship with Russia and other countries that advances the interests of America first and the peace and security of the world.
No, not in the least. Look, President Trump has been willing to be critical of our country's actions in the past. But what you're hearing there is a determination by the president of the United States to not let semantics or the arguments of the past get in the way of exploring the ability to work together with Russia and with President Putin in the days ahead. He has expressed himself in the campaign, an election that he won, that he was determined to go forward and see whether or not we might be able to start anew in a relationship with Russia.
The president of the United States has every right to criticize the other two branches of government. It was not done hastily. There may have been some leaders on Capitol Hill that were not informed with usual niceties of Washington D.C.. but look, we live in a very dangerous world. The reality is there the people around the globe who have inspired violence here in the homeland.
I don't think there's any comparison. I really do resent that he would say something like that.
I respect a lot of people, but that doesn't mean I'm going to get along with them. He's a leader of his country. I say it's better to get along with Russian than not. And if Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS…and Islamic terrorism all over the world…major fight. That's a good thing. Will I get along with him? I have no idea. We got a lot of killers. What, you think our country's so innocent?
"It's a really a bad situation, it's really bad,"
If we were able to work with Russia to hunt down and destroy ISIS and confront radical Islamic terrorism, that would be a good thing. ''What you have in President Trump is someone who is not going to look in the rearview mirror so much as looking out the windshield.
"What do you think? Our country's so innocent?". "I respect a lot of people, but that doesn't mean I'm going to get along with him. He's a leader of his country. 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.".
Well, Putin is a former KGB. He's agent. He's a thug. He was not elected in a way that most people would consider a credible election. The Russians annexed Crimea, invaded Ukraine, and messed around in our elections. No, I don't think there is any equivalency between the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does.
There are a lot of killers. We've got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country's so innocent? Let me just tell you – when you see illegals, people that are not citizens and they are on the registration rolls. Look Bill, we can be babies, but you take a look at the registration, you have illegals, you have dead people, you have this, it's really a bad situation, it's really bad.
What the two countries can offer each another is strikingly different. The U.S. has a stronger hand. In biblical terms, the U.S. is the three kings bearing gold, while Russia is the shepherds with little apart from their good faith.
It would be a huge bonus if it happened.
It would be presented to the Russian people as a huge victory by Putin. It would be described as a validation of his strategy to go to war in Ukraine regardless of the consequences and to turn the country into Fortress Russia.
What Trump is doing is un-American. If Trump is now driving a wrecking ball through this set of values, then I will tell him as chancellor: That's not the policy of Germany and Europe. As long as the Minsk peace agreement is not fully implemented, the sanctions cannot be lifted. We must tell Putin very clearly that Russia is obliged to respect and defend international law.
(But) it's hardly possible to talk about any kind of deals (over sanctions). To start with we must fix the date and time of a meeting between the two presidents. Aides are working on this now. We have seen a readiness to solve difficult problems through dialogue, which President Putin has long been calling for and unfortunately in previous years did not find a response (to).
Well, we'll wait and see. I hope the president will follow our advice and not be lifting the sanctions on the Russians.
What I will tell you is that it was a positive call.
As far as the sanctions, (it is) very early to be talking about that. There goes that relationship.
We believe the sanctions should continue until we see the Minsk agreement fully implemented. And we've been continuing to argue that inside the European Union.
Everything will be positive.
President Donald Trump's call with Vladimir Putin is scheduled to take place amid widespread speculation that the White House is considering lifting sanctions against Russia. For the sake of America's national security and that of our allies, I hope President Trump will put an end to this speculation and reject such a reckless course. If he does not, I will work with my colleagues to codify sanctions against Russia into law.
I hope President Trump will put an end to this speculation and reject such a reckless course. If he does not, I will work with my colleagues to codify sanctions against Russia into law. For our commander in chief to think otherwise would be naive and dangerous.
He called me after I won, but I haven't had a discussion, but I understand we will be having a discussion soon. I don't know Putin, but if we can get along with Russia that's a great thing, it's good for Russia, it's good for us, we go out together and knock the hell out of ISIS, because that's a real sickness. If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody's doing some really great things? I understand that they would like to meet, and that's absolutely fine with me.
While state budgets are struggling to fund people's essential social needs, military spending is growing. Money is easily found for sophisticated weapons whose destructive power is comparable to that of the weapons of mass destruction; for submarines whose single salvo is capable of devastating half a continent; for missile defense systems that undermine strategic stability.
I propose that a Security Council meeting at the level of heads of state adopt a resolution stating that nuclear war is unacceptable and must never be fought. I think the initiative to adopt such a resolution should come from Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin – the Presidents of two nations that hold over 90% of the world's nuclear arsenals and therefore bear a special responsibility. No problem is more urgent today than the militarization of politics and the new arms race. Stopping and reversing this ruinous race must be our top priority. The current situation is too dangerous.
Overcoming the most heavy damage inflicted on the U.S.-Russian relations by the administration of Barack Obama will take time and serious effort. I know that Mr. Trump is considered a master of deal-making, but President Putin also knows how to make deals, and always in Russia's interests.
When it comes to Russia, as so often, it is wise to turn to the example of President [Ronald] Reagan who – during negotiations with his opposite number Mikhail Gorbachev – used to abide by the adage, Trust but verify,' . With President Putin, my advice is to 'engage but beware'. The days of Britain and America intervening in sovereign countries in an attempt to remake the world in our own image are over.
We already had one with Vladimir Putin. Now we have a second one with Donald Trump, because he is reconsidering the most essential agreement, the COP 21 (2015 Paris Climate Conference). More than that he says he is hostile to European construction. What must we think about this? To me close ranks at the European level.
We know that Trump is considered a master in making deals but Vladimir Putin can negotiate, too – and always in the interest of Russia.
We cannot trust Trump to take care of [Europe's] security. If Trump cuts a deal with Putin, then maybe there will be fewer tanks, American tanks, on European soil and we should prepare for that scenario.
I think the common thread is [Putin] positioning in view of a deal with Trump. The interesting thing is that in most cases, Russia is in the driving seat and Trump will simply react.
Victory for Vladimir Putin is dying in his sleep while still in power. I mean that quite sincerely.
Russia, of course, would like to have as big an oil and gas market for itself as possible. But this is something that Russia has lost in part. The dependence of European countries on Russian gas has decreased – and Europe has worked on that.
They are a weaker country. Their economy doesn't produce anything that anybody wants to buy, except oil and gas and arms. They don't innovate.
Putin is hoping to meet with Trump sooner rather than later.
Putin wants Russia to be taken seriously, and to ensure his views are taken into account.
It bewilders me and it bewilders everybody else around us. It doesn't make any sense why he would be so unfriendly towards a lot of our allies and then so friendly towards a country which is an adversary towards the United States.
If policy is driven by whatever Trump's emotions were at the moment that he made those statements, then it could be an absolute windfall for Vladimir Putin and Russia.
While everybody is saying they are surviving with sanctions, let me tell you every morning Putin is praying for sanctions to be lifted and every evening he is praying for sanctions to be lifted. It would be the biggest single gift that could ever be given to him if it was to happen with the new Trump administration.
If the Russia policy is driven by the defense secretary, the head of the CIA, head of homeland security or various others, then Russians aren't going to get any gifts.
Russia comes down to really one thing, which is oil. If the oil price stays here or goes higher then Russia will kind of muddle through. If the oil price goes down, Russia will go down. You can track the rouble, you can track the stock market just off the price of oil.
They don't have enough money at $51 a barrel to do everything they want to do. It doesn't mean he's going to get kicked out but they don't have enough money. That's why he's so desperate to get sanctions lifted.
We don't know for sure if there will be an improvement (in relations) or not. But we Russians are optimists ... so we are hoping for the best, while preparing for the worst.
It "was not the first time the intelligence community has had some uncomfortable things to say about Russia. These are the kind of things I'm sure the Russians would rather not to hear, but ultimately, and this is something that the next administration is going to have to decide.
Trump arrives and straight away rushes to meet with Moscow prostitutes. This is an adult man first of all and, apart from that, is a man who for many years took part in organising beauty contests.
People who order such fakes, fabricate them and use them in a political struggle are worse than prostitutes. They have no moral limits whatsoever. By the way, Russia deals with such people all the time, with our opponents. I find it difficult to believe that he ran to a hotel to meet with our girls of reduced social responsibility. Although here we do have the best ones in the world.
If we start to equate democracies and non-democracies, allies and adversaries, this is setting a very dangerous precedent.
There are efforts on the side of the Europeans to arrange a meeting with Trump as quickly as possible.
People who order fakes of the type now circulating against the U.S. president-elect, who concoct them and use them in a political battle, are worse than prostitutes because they don't have any moral boundaries at all. It highlights a significant degree of degradation of political elites in the West, including in the United States.
Look, I am not acquainted with Mr Trump. I have never met him. I do not know what he will do in the international arena, so I have no reason either to attack him or criticise him for whatever reason or to defend him, no matter what.
It is a first and important step in the building up of a pro-European coalition ... that is absolutely necessary with Trump, with Putin, with many other challenges Europe faces.
Firstly, it is to undermine the legitimacy of the president-elect. Second, it is to tie the president's arms and legs to prevent him from realizing his promises to the American people, both at home and abroad. How is it possible to make steps toward improving Russian-American relationships while all those fake stories are being thrown in?
People who are doing that are inflicting a colossal damage to the interests of the United States.
People who are doing that are inflicting colossal damage to the interests of the United States. How can you do anything to improve U.S.-Russian relations when they launch such canards as hackers' interference in the election?
He wasn't a politician. We didn't even know about his political ambitions. Do they think that our special services are hunting for every U.S. billionaire?
I know some have said that this focus on Russia is simply the party that lost the recent presidential election being 'sore losers.
They are also the best in the world.
The time of foreign policy demagogues is over, and, feeling hurt, they fabricate all kinds of fakes. First, officials leak fakes to the media, then media start spinning them and, finally, officials comment on them as facts.
This morning the liberal and democratic group concluded an important agreement with the European People's Party. It is a first and important step in the building up of a pro-European coalition to reform and to strengthen our European Union. And that is absolutely necessary with Trump, with Putin, with many other challenges Europe faces. It is key we cooperate to reform our union.
How can you do anything to improve Russian-US relations if fake stories are thrown in such as the intervention of some hackers during the election campaign?
There have not been talks about a meeting yet.
The global (Internet) operators and providers are widely used, while the methods they use constantly evolve.
If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability, because we have a horrible relationship with Russia.
Trump doesn't have any experience with other countries. I have a feeling that he'll be easily influenced by Putin.
Fights are still going on, their goal may not be to get rid of the president, even though I think that the impeachment option is seriously being considered, and impeachment will be attempted. At the very least they are trying to make Trump's life and work as difficult as they can. In Russia this situation is seen as proof of a very serious political crisis in the USA.
If there was at least the smallest proof it would have already been published in all the media in the USA. The outgoing Obama administration is trying to do everything to marginalise Russia before it leaves.
Moscow is genuinely hoping that our presidents will get along. At least Trump has spoken of his readiness for dialogue. This doesn't mean there's a readiness to agree about everything with each other. That is hardly possible and Moscow isn't expecting that, but dialogue is grounds for hope and could help us find a way out of many complex situations.
We talk about the hacking and hacking's bad and it shouldn't be done. But look at the things that were hacked. Look at what was learned from the hacking. That Hillary Clinton got the questions to the debate and didn't report it? That's a horrible thing. That's a horrible thing.
Moscow hopes that our presidents will get along well.
Right now they're clearly in the unfriendly adversary category. That is the type of response that Russia expects. If Russia acts with force, they require a proportional show of force.
As far as hacking, I think it was Russia, but I also think we've been hacked by other countries, other people. The DNC (Democratic National Convention) was totally open to be hacked. They did a very poor job. I respected the fact that he said that. If they had broken into RNC (Republican National Convention) they would have released it.
This does not address the emoluments clause concerns, this does not address the conflict concerns. This is using the language of ethics without addressing the actual ethics concerns.
We think that this selection will be something that - with time - will straighten it out.
A thing like that should have never been written, it should never have been had and certainly should never have been released.
We have high confidence that President Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. The goals of this campaign were to undermine public faith int he US democratic process. Putin and the Russian government also developed a clear preference for President-elect (Donald) Trump. Russia aspired to help President-elect Trump's election chances when possibly by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him.
I think it's brilliant what he's doing and what he's saying. He ran incredibly Exxon Mobil. When there was a find, he would get it.
He accepts the fact that this particular case was entities in Russia, so that's not the issue. Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations including the Democrat(ic) National Committee.
I don't think I underestimated him, but I think that I underestimated the degree to which, in this new information age, it is possible for misinformation, for cyberhacking and so forth, to have an impact on our open societies, our open systems, to insinuate themselves into our democratic practices in ways that I think are accelerating, according to a transcript of the interview airing on Sunday.
I'm just not sure it's possible. I've cautioned his administration to be careful with Putin, as he remains a bad actor.
This is a troubling chapter in an ongoing story.
There was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines.
The President-Elect's statement that the Russian hacking had 'absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election' is not supported by the briefing, report, or common sense.
The president-elect has made it very clear that we are going to take aggressive action in the early days of our administration to combat cyber attacks and protect the American people from this type of intrusion in the future.
It is one thing to say that there was no tampering with vote tallying – which is true – it is another thing to say that the daily dumping of documents disparaging to … Clinton that was made possible by Russian cyber operations had no effect on the campaigns. The consequence of these disclosures was hugely beneficial to the President-Elect and damaging to the Clinton campaign, just as the Russians intended.
There was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines. The methods, tools and tactics we use to keep America safe should not be a public discussion that will benefit those who seek to do us harm. China, relatively recently, hacked 20 million government names. How come nobody even talks about that? This is a political witch hunt.
While Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations including the Democrat National Committee, there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election. The methods, tools and tactics we use to keep America safe should not be a public discussion that will benefit those who seek to do us harm.
He "learned a lot. It was a really great meeting, I really like those people a lot. I learned a lot and I think they did also. They got beaten very badly in the election. They are very embarrassed about it. To some extent, it's a witch hunt. They just focus on this.
[Putin] sees the United States as the perpetrator of a great tragedy upon the Soviet Union and Russia. He has said that the greatest catastrophe in recent years was the demise of the Soviet Union.
There's goodwill between Trump and Putin and [not expelling the diplomats] is about Putin trying to build on that goodwill.
Why would Putin need to expel 35 diplomats from Moscow when the Obama administration is on the way out? Obama is a problem that's going to go away when Trump comes in.
It wasn't easy, but the hardships that we have faced have brought us together, have motivated us to open huge reserves of our potential to move forward. The main thing is that we believe in ourselves, in our strength, in our country.
We consider these sanctions completely unsubstantiated, unreasonable and very detrimental to the bilateral relations between two neighbours, between the United States of America and the Russian Federation… they have to pack and leave within hours.
I agree with the president-elect that we need to get on with our lives–without having elections being affected by any outside influence, especially Vladimir Putin, who is a thug and a murderer.
If you look at the underlying fundamentals that has been quite encouraging and I think that has been the main driver why the Ruble and the Russian assets have done quite well ahead of the U.S. elections and then accelerated because there is a very good connection between the President-elect Trump and Vladimir Putin so that has accelerated the positive newsflow.
They "intend to lead the effort in the new Congress to impose stronger sanctions on Russia.
The Russians are not our friends. And clearly the Obama administration has not yet dissuaded them from attempting to breach our cybersecurity systems, or harass our diplomats in Moscow. Sanctions against the Russian intelligence services are a good initial step, however late in coming.
Obviously, Putin's not responding because he's waiting for Jan. 20. He's got these much more important objectives to him than getting into a tit-for-tat response with the outgoing administration.
At this point, they're trolling Obama.
Putin's asymmetric response to Obama's new sanctions is an investment in the incoming Trump presidency. A different kind of tit-for-tat: even as Obama seeks to constrain Trump in his Russia policy, Putin counters that step with a show of magnanimity.
Russia is still the only country that can destroy the United States as a functioning society in 30 minutes ... both sides maintain their nuclear forces on hair-trigger alert.
The thing I like best about Rex Tillerson is that he has vast experience at dealing successfully with all types of foreign governments.
I hope that after you assume the position of the President of the United States of America we will be able - by acting in a constructive and pragmatic manner - to take real steps to restore the framework of bilateral cooperation in different areas as well as bring our level of collaboration on the international scene to a qualitatively new level. He went all the way, even though no one believed that he would win, apart from you and me.
The terrorist who killed so many people in Germany said just before crime, by God's will we will slaughter you pigs', I swear, we will slaughter you. This is a purely religious threat, which turned into reality. Such hatred! When will the U.S., and all countries, fight back?
My wonderful son, Eric, will no longer be allowed to raise money for children with cancer because of a possible conflict of interest with … my presidency. Isn't this a ridiculous shame? He loves these kids, has raised millions of dollars for them, and now must stop. Wrong answer!
Modernization is quite different from expansion. Modernization is allowed under the New START treaty; expansion is not. Putin is smartly playing down the tweet because he has several concessions that he wants to secure from President Trump -- lifting of sanctions, support for his war in Syria, recognition of Crimea as part of Russia -- and therefore does not want to rock the boat right now by reacting to this vague Trump statement.
Trump understood the mood of the people and kept going until the end, when nobody believed in him. Except for you and me.
Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.
The current administration and the leadership of the Democratic Party are trying to blame all their failures on external factors. (We are talking about) a party which has clearly forgotten the original meaning of its own name. They (the Democrats) are losing on all fronts and looking elsewhere for things to blame. In my view this, how shall I say it, degrades their own dignity. You have to know how to lose with dignity.
Nobody is arguing with that.
Trump understood the mood of the people and kept going until the end, when nobody believed in him. Except for you and me. Indeed, they [the U.S.] have more missiles, more submarines and more aircraft carriers, we aren't arguing with that, but we are simply stronger than any aggressor.
The Obama administration has done virtually nothing to modernize [nukes], and there's a lot of modernization that needs to be done. You got to make sure your forces can't be taken out with a first strike. That takes money. That takes effort.
We have advanced in improving our nuclear triad systems, including with regard to overcoming anti-missile defense. This system is more effective than the anti-missile defense itself. This is true. This is what they are doing. For instance, the replacement of tactical nuclear weapons located in other countries, including in Europe and in your country, the United Kingdom. This is what is taking place. They are doing this.
A very nice letter from Vladimir Putin; his thoughts are so correct. I hope both sides are able to live up to these thoughts, and we do not have to travel an alternate path. If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?
We've advanced in improving the systems ... including [those that have] to do with overcoming missile defenses. Today, this system is more efficient than the [U.S.] missile defense. It's not us who have been speeding up the arms race. It is not surprising that [Trump] talks about nuclear weapons, he talked about the necessity to strengthen the nuclear and defense sector in the U.S. during his campaign.
There's been several countries, Russia among them, that have talked about expanding their nuclear capability. The point that he was making was very clear. There's not going to be (arms race) because he's going to ensure that other countries get the message that he's not going to sit back and allow that.
There's just an overwhelming partisan filter to the responses.
Only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities. The President determined once the intelligence community had reached this assessment that a proportional response was appropriate. At this point, I don't have anything to say about whether or not that response has been carried out.
Our vulnerability to Russia or any other foreign power is directly related to how divided, partisan, and dysfunctional our political process is.
My hope is that the president-elect is going to similarly be concerned with making sure we don't have potential foreign influence in our election process.
I don't think anybody at the White House thinks it's funny that an adversary of the United States engaged in malicious cyber activity to destabilize our democracy. That's not a joke.
We have been working hard to make sure that what we do is proportional, that what we do is meaningful.
One of the things we're going to have to do over the next decade.
Having been the former head of the KGB, does that surprise you? And does it surprise anybody today when he denied it?
This is several days before the Electoral College. They're creating this uncertainty over the election. And right now, certain elements of the media and certain elements of the intelligence community and certain politicians are really doing the work of the Russians.
I'm not going to comment on it further, except to say that people need to remember that the president issued a warning, but he had to be obviously sensitive to not being viewed as interfering on behalf of a candidate or against a candidate or in a way that promoted unrealistic assessments about what was happening. I think the president did that, and now we have to get out the facts, and I'm confident we will in the months ahead.
I don't think anybody at the White House thinks it's funny that an adversary of the United States engaged in malicious cyber activity to destabilize our democracy. Nobody at the White House thought it was a joke. Nobody in the intelligence community thought it was a joke. I'm not aware that any members of Congress in either party that was briefed on this matter multiple times dating back to the summer thought it was a joke.
I recognize that the defense from the Trump campaign is that he was joking. I don't think anybody at the White House thinks it's funny that an adversary of the United States engaged in malicious cyber-activity to destabilize our democracy.
We would all do well to remember the sacrifices they make on our behalf and keep in mind that what we do with the intelligence they provide is up to us.
Intelligence officials "come from all walks of life and hold views across the political spectrum.
I don't think things happen in the Russian government of this consequence without Vladimir Putin knowing about it.
Only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.
Why is Putin the enemy? You need Putin to solve the Middle East. No matter what anyone says, you're going to have to have a day with him. So having somebody who understands him is better.
[Trump] has a constituency. And that constituency got him in office. What he's doing [during the transition] is saying, I'm going to do what I said. And I'm going to find people who understand the system but not of the system.
It's widely known that the elected president of the United States has publicly called for the normalization of the Russian-American relationship. We cannot but support this. We understand it will not be a simple task considering the extent of degradation of the Russian-American relationship. But we are prepared to do our bit.
If he is a smart man, that means that he will fairly soon become aware of a different level of responsibility. We expect that he act with these considerations in mind.
It's not that Putin is against the Democratic party. He's more against the United States and (for) whatever may push Russian interests. There's nothing saying that next time they won't hack Republicans and expose Trump administration emails if it benefits them.
Trump will try again a reset with Russia, and remain, like Obama, reluctant to get involved with Ukraine. But I don't think NATO security guarantees will weaken, and Putin would be foolish to test this.
If we are not going to be reasonably reimbursed for the tremendous cost of protecting these massive nations with tremendous wealth … I would be absolutely prepared to tell those countries, Congratulations, you will be defending yourself.
I told him that we would be happy to see him (Obama) in Russia anytime if he wants, can and has desire.
An alliance from California to Germany to China is emerging and they stand for the new economy. Trump, (Turkish President Tayyip) Erdogan and (Russian President Vladimir) Putin stand for the old economy.
That is why America cannot turn inward.
We all know that democracy lives off change. It's a tough rule: Eight years and that's it.
Do not take for granted our systems of government and our way of life. Democracy is hard work.
We think it is important to respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all nations, including Ukraine and therefore we will never respect or accept the violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
Trump's victory undermines Europe's security.
Europe must not wait for the decisions of others. It should defend its interests and its strategic role in the world.
If they do not want to undermine NATO, they had better start reviewing their defence budgets as soon as possible and step up their commitments. Jens Stoltenberg, will have to show himself to be the equal of Manlio Brosio in his diplomatic skills to prevent the US and its European NATO allies from reopening a set of mutual recriminations that have not been voiced since the mid-1960s over the Vietnam war.
I really hope that the rhetoric on defence and Russia was mostly a part of the election campaign. I hope the election campaign is now over, and it is not yet time to panic.
Sometimes tactical diplomacy can help. We're in temporary truce phase.
We heard [Trump's] campaign rhetoric while [he was] still a candidate for the US presidency, which was focused on restoring the relations between Russia and the United States. [I look forward to] building a constructive dialog between Moscow and Washington, based on principles of equality, mutual respect and each other's positions, [when it] meets the interests of the peoples of our countries and of the entire international community.
Putin has taken a huge gamble in openly supporting the Trump candidacy. It worked, and it will embolden the Russian leader to take even bigger risks in the future.
The election of Donald Trump has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America. White nationalists, Vladimir Putin and ISIS are celebrating Donald Trump's victory, while innocent, law-abiding Americans are wracked with fear – especially African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, LGBT Americans and Asian Americans. Watching white nationalists celebrate while innocent Americans cry tears of fear does not feel like America.
The agenda's really threadbare. We're basically at a standstill.
Putin has the ability to advance his interests in many different ways. Sometimes tactical diplomacy can help.
Everything else is a secondary, lower-order problem.
That's actually where reality is going to intrude. Putin's pretty thin-skinned, too.
They (Putin and Trump) set out the same main foreign policy principles and that is incredible. It is phenomenal how close they are to one another when it comes to their conceptual approach to foreign policy. And that is probably a good basis for our moderate optimism that they will at least be able to start a dialogue to start to clear out the Augean stables in our bilateral relations.
I believe that Trump is a practical man; he will lift sanctions on Russia that are harmful to US business,'' Mr Putin aide Sergei Glazyev told the state news agency ITAR Tass. I don't see the US dropping sanctions ahead of the Europeans ... and Europe doesn't seem to be in any mood to drop sanctions any time soon.
Trump's approach has a better chance of succeeding, and certainly an approach that is overly loaded with morals and values does not get you anywhere with the Kremlin.
Overall, I will have the argument that this could be positive for China in its global outreach. Because it's unlikely that many countries will make friends with Trump, putting aside Putin ... so it may be positive for China in its global efforts.
I want to say to President-Elect Trump, Congratulations.' To Melania and the new first family, Congratulations.' And to Vladmir Putin and everyone in Russia, Pozdravleniya.
And our experts, our specialists on the U.S., on international affairs ... Of course they are constantly speaking to their counterparts here, including those from Mr. Trump's group.
Of course, it's quite natural that Russian experts are trying to maintain the dialogue with people from different camps. It's very important to understand the main streams, and understand the main tendencies, nuances and the positioning of different parties, different camps here in the United States.
It never happened. There was no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign.
These working moments and follow-up on this or that matter will depend on the situation and the questions which face us. But we will of course continue this work after the elections.
I think relations will be more pragmatic – less ideology, more economy.
The two people are very different and they are probably as different as Obama and Putin are. I also think that Moscow's hopes that Donald Trump is all about deals are going to be probably shattered by two facts, first of all Trump's idea of a deal is that he gets 100 percent and the other side gets zero, that's exactly Vladimir Putin's idea of a deal too. So there is a contradiction there from the beginning.
During the election campaign, we heard Donald Trump's speeches, which focused on rebuilding the relationship between Russia and the United States. We understand and are aware that it is not going to be easy given the degraded state of relations between Russia and the US at the moment, unfortunately. But Russia is ready and willing to restore fully fledged bilateral relations with the United States, because it will have a positive effect on global affairs in general, taking into account the special responsibility of Russia and the US to sustain global security and stability.
Now we have two crazy ambitious presidents who are going to try and show their strength. They are Putin and Trump. Both will try to be strong presidents for strong countries; Iraqi and Syria are going to be their fighting zone. Each of them will try to prove to the other that he is stronger. I believe that Trump is not going to succeed in this, unless he hires good advisers who would help him to pass this test.
The problem is that both of them, Putin and Trump, are macho. They could try to take the measure of each other. We can't let that happen.
Trump does not even know he is being manipulated. Trump is an unwitting agent of Putin.
You're the puppet. She doesn't like Putin because Putin has outsmarted her at every step of the way.
You are very clearly quoting from WikiLeaks. What is really important about WikiLeaks is that the Russian government has engaged in espionage against Americans. They have hacked American websites, American accounts of private people, of institutions. Then they have given that information to WikiLeaks for the purpose of putting it on the internet. This has come from the highest levels of the Russian government.
We've never had anything like this happen in any of our elections before.
The most important question of this evening is, finally, will Donald Trump admit and condemn that the Russians are doing this and make it clear that he will not have the help of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin in this election, that he rejects Russian espionage against Americans – which he actually encouraged in the past? Those are the questions we need answered.
They have hacked American websites, American accounts of private people, of institutions. Then they have given that information to WikiLeaks for the purpose of putting it on the Internet.
He said nice things about me. He has no respect for her, he has no respect for our president and I'll tell you what, we're in very serious trouble.
No puppet. No puppet. You're the puppet!
Mr. Trump's continued flattery of Mr. Putin, and the degree to which he appears to model many of his policies and approaches to politics on Mr. Putin, is unprecedented in American politics and is out of step with not just what Democrats think but out of step with what up until the last few months almost every Republican thought, including some of the ones who are now endorsing Mr. Trump.
He [Trump] won't care about Syria, Libya and Iraq and why an earth should America interfere in these countries? And Ukraine. Who needs Ukraine? Trump will have a brilliant chance to make relations more peaceful. He's the only one who can do this.
She (Clinton) craves power. Her view is that Hillary is the most important person on the planet, that America is an exceptional country, as Barack Obama said. That's dangerous. She could start a nuclear war. Victory for Trump would be a gift to humanity. But if Hillary Clinton wins it will be the last U.S. president ever.
Most Americans should choose Trump because men have been leading for millions of year. You can't take the risk of having one of the richest, most powerful countries led by a woman president. Victory for Trump would be a gift to humanity. But if Hillary Clinton wins it will be the last U.S. president ever.
Trump is the most pro-Russian presidential candidate ever. Putin no doubt sees a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reorient U.S. foreign policy in his direction by electing Trump.
He said inarguably Vladimir Putin is a better leader than President Obama.
I just have to tell you that the provocations by Russia need to be met with American strength, and if Russia chooses to be involved and continue, I should say to be involved in this barbaric attack on civilians in Aleppo, the United States of America should be prepared to use military force to strike military targets of the Assad regime to prevent them from this humanitarian crisis that is taking place in Aleppo.
I don't think anybody knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC. [Clinton]'s saying Russia, Russia, Russia, but I don't – maybe it was. I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK?
Our country does plenty of killing also.
I feel he has a dictatorial approach toward being president of the United States.
Let's look. I mean, let's see what's in there.
My dogs were great, too.
We can see an attempt to revive the image of the so-called Evil Empire and use it to frighten the society.
Trump says that Vladmir Putin is a better leader than Barack Obama and Toomey sticks with Trump.
That is not acting in our interests and that is an adversarial stance and he is acting like an adversary.
Vladamir Putin is an aggressor that does not share our interests. Vladamir Putin is violating the sovereignty of neighboring countries. It's certainly appears he is conducting in-state sponsored attacks on what appears to be our political system.
Well, I think when he calls me brilliant, I'll take the compliment, OK? …certainly, in that system, he's been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader.
I don't oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war.
He's under a lot of pressure. I think he's doing a very good job. But, of course, if you look at the polls, a lot of people are getting a little tired. I think the Iraqi situation is a problem. And I think the economy is a much bigger problem as far as the president is concerned.
Vladimir Putin is an aggressor that does not share our interests. Vladimir Putin is violating the sovereignty of neighboring countries. It's certainly appears he is conducting in-state sponsored attacks on what appears to be our political system.
I think under the leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the generals have been reduced to rubble. They have been reduced to a point where it's embarrassing to our country. … And I can just see the great, as an example, Gen. George Patton spinning in his grave as ISIS, we can't beat.
"One has to be a little careful to let flattery affect one's judgment". "Let's face it, over the last several years, president Putin has operated in ways that very much have been against our interests ... in many ways, in a very ruthless manner".
I think it's probably unlikely. I think maybe the Democrats are putting that out.
One has to be a little careful to let flattery affect one's judgment. Let's face it, over the last several years, president Putin has operated in ways that very much have been against our interests ... in many ways, in a very ruthless manner.
Putin "has done so in many ways, in a very ruthless manner.
"One has to be a little careful to let flattery affect one's judgment". "Let's face it, over the last several years, president Putin has operated in ways that very much have been against our interests … in many ways, in a very ruthless manner".
Let me say this about Vladimir Putin: Vladimir Putin is an aggressor that does not share our interests. Vladimir Putin is violating the sovereignty of a neighboring country.
I just watched her on the tarmac. She tried to make up for her horrible performance last night.
One thing you didn't hear from Donald Trump last night is any plan to take on ISIS, one of the biggest threats facing our country. He says his plan is still a secret, but the truth is he simply doesn't have one. And that's not only dangerous, it should be disqualifying.
Vladimir Putin is an aggressor that does not share our interests. Vladimir Putin is violating the sovereignty of neighboring countries. It certainly appears that he is conducting state-sponsored cyber-attacks on what appears to be our political system. That is not acting in our interest. And that is an adversarial stance and he is acting like an adversary.
Now that is not just unpatriotic and insulting to the people of our country, as well as to our commander in chief, it is scary, because it suggests he'll let Putin do whatever Putin wants to do and then make excuses for him.
That's not only dangerous, it should be disqualifying.
He doesn't agree with his style of government. He wasn't saying that.
Republicans are just in a terrible dilemma trying to support a totally unqualified nominee, I have no sympathy for them, it's their nominee.
Extremists "are saying, Please Allah, make Trump president of America.
He wasn't endorsing Putin at all.
I don't think the guy is qualified to be president of the United States and every time he speaks that opinion is confirmed. The most important thing for the public and the press is to just listen to what he says and follow up and ask questions on what he says, which appear to be either contradictory or uninformed or outright wacky ideas.
I think under the leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton the generals have been reduced to rubble. They have been reduced to a point that's embarrassing for our country.
Trump again lavished praise on Vladimir Putin, pledging a new era of US-Russian cooperation – something both Obama and George Bush attempted and failed to achieve after U.S. and Russian interests diverged.
What I did learn is that our leadership, Barack Obama, did not follow what our experts … said to do. And I was very, very surprised. In almost every instance – and I could tell, I'm pretty good with the body language – I could tell they were not happy our leaders did not follow what they were recommending.
I mean, I'm looking at the generals. Under the leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton the generals have been reduced to rubble. They've been reduced to a point where it's embarrassing to our country.
Well, they'll probably be different generals, to be honest with you. I mean, I'm looking at the generals.
I mean, the man has very strong control over a country. And that's a very different system and I don't happen to like the system. But certainly in that system he's been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader.
The fact is, look, it's not going to get him anywhere. I'm a negotiator.
She made a terrible mistake in Libya.
We need change, and we need it fast.
She's been there for 30 years. We need change, and we need it fast.
It's a very different system, and I don't happen to like the system. But certainly in that system he's been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader.
One thing you didn't hear from Donald Trump last night is any plan to take on ISIS, one of the biggest threats facing our country.
He says he wasn't. You can – you can go back and look at the record. He supported it. He told Howard Stern he supported it.
She has a happy trigger. If he says great things about me, I'm going to say great things about him.
If he says great things about me, I am going to say great things about him. Do you want me to start naming some of the things that President Obama does?
Well, it's happening, right? And since then it's gotten worse. Not take them out, but something has to happen. Right now part of the problem is nobody gets prosecuted.… You have the report of rape and nobody gets prosecuted. There are no consequences.
The important thing is the content that was given to the public.
Trump "has generally parroted what is a Putin-Kremlin line.
You can get rid of Manafort, but that doesn't end the odd bromance Trump has with Putin.
This is another example of Donald Trump trash-talking the United States. What's remarkable about Trump's comments is that once again, he's echoing the talking points of Putin and our adversaries to attack American leaders and American interests, while failing to offer any serious plans to confront terrorism or make this country more secure.
The man has very strong control over a country. Now, it's a very different system, and I don't happen to like the system, but certainly in that system, he's been a leader. Far more than our president has been a leader.
Bizarrely once again, he praised Russia's strongman Vladimir Putin, even taking the astonishing step of suggesting that he prefers the Russian president to our American president. Now, that is not just unpatriotic and insulting to the people of our country, as well as to our commander in chief. It is scary.
I looked at President Obama and Putin staring at each other, these were not two people that were getting along. You know the beautiful part about getting along, Russia wants to defeat ISIS as badly as we do. If we had a relationship with Russia, wouldn't it be wonderful if we could work on it together and knock the hell of our ISIS, wouldn't that be wonderful?
Classified material has a header which has 'top secret, secret, confidential. Nothing – and I will repeat this, and this is verified in the report by the Department of Justice, none of the emails sent or received by me had such a header.
He is really very much of a leader. You can say, Oh, isn't that a terrible thing,' I mean, the man has very strong control over his country. Now, it's a very different system, and I don't happen to like the system, but certainly in that system he's been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader.
Well, he's already there, isn't he?
We would not tolerate that from any other country, particularly one with whom we have adversarial positions. And for Trump to both encourage that and to praise (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, despite what appears to be a deliberate effort to try to affect the election, I think raises national security issues.
It's better not to argue with women. Mrs. Clinton wasn't known for an elegant turn of phrase before. When people cross certain boundaries, the bounds of propriety, it speaks of their weakness, not their strength. But weakness is not a bad quality for a woman.
Crooked Hillary Clinton is unfit to serve as president of the U.S.. Her temperament is weak and her opponents are strong.
I said (Russian leader Vladimir) Putin has much better leadership qualities than (US President Barack) Obama, but who doesn't know that?
I don't think Putin has any respect whatsoever for Clinton. I think he does respect me. And I hope I get along great with him.
We are now disrespected. We are being pushed around by Putin. We are being pushed around by the Ayatollah. We are being killed by Islamic terrorists and we have police officers who are being slaughtered on the streets. Under Donald Trump that will end on day one.
Mr Trump said he is ready to restore Russia and American relations. What can be bad about that? We welcome that. He is a bright person.
He, very early on, allied himself with Putin's policies. I mean to pull out of NATO for goodness sakes. Right? And he furthermore has praised Putin, he seems to have this bizarre attraction to dictators – including Putin.
Freedom of navigation in this region, through the South China Sea, is crucial for any further development in the region and it's difficult to imagine that without this freedom, there will be stability and peace in this region.
Let me get this straight: Donald Trump insults the leader of our closest ally, then turns around and says he'd love to talk to Kim Jong Un? I suppose that makes sense for him, since he also praised Kim Jong Un for executing his uncle and seems to have a bizarre fascination with foreign strongmen like Putin and Kim. His approach to foreign policy makes no sense for the rest of us.
I happen to believe that the United States needs to be more involved. The question is when….
Well this one… these are two globes and it seemed like the right thing to have for a conference that has 'global' in it. So I thought that would be fun to wear.
Well it's very complicated, when you arrive in a country, you know. In some countries – the Latins, for instance – it's more difficult, you can't visualise my predecessors doing this, but in Latin countries, some kiss on the right cheek and some on the left cheek, but I got that all mixed up, so bumped noses. And then the French kiss twice, and the Dutch kiss three times. And it's very difficult… Anyway, it's a good way to begin a meeting.
Well some of it, is but not as much as we thought. But the thing that I have finally learned is we want everything to be solved quickly. These are issues that are going to take quite a long time to resolve. I think the hard part for people to accept is when decisions are made, as to the Dayton Accords for instance, they are done with the best possible will of what is going on at the time. Often, things, I think, need to be updated, revised in some way.
They may not be fit for purpose and I do think that some of the way that the different layers of government in Bosnia Herzegovina – the complications of that – then the way that some of the powers for Republika Srpska were interpreted have undermined the problem.
I wish it had worked faster. I prefer to be positive, and try to figure out where the steps have gone forward. With the War Crimes Tribunal and the International Criminal Court, there is an attempt for there to be a responsible, international approach to genocide and crimes against humanity.
Well I think, first of all, I think the courts have operated pretty well. The fact that (Radovan) Karadzic, who was one of the major contributors to this, was in fact sentenced, I think is a very big deal because the purpose of the court was to assign individual guilt and erase collective guilt, so in fact there could be reconciliation.
Well, I think it is different, but I do think that populism / nationalism are very dangerous forces, because they seem to be filled with not just extremism, but based on the fact that you hate somebody else. It's one thing to be proud of who you are, your identity. It's another to decide that the people who live next door to you are unacceptable.
Well, I think 40 years is a long time, especially given his age. I have to say that the War Crimes Tribunal actually worked better than most people thought at the time. It was one of my first votes when I was at the United Nations. People thought nobody would ever be indicted or brought to justice – they were.
I think what is interesting is that some of the Serbs in Belgrade have been trying, mainly because of the inducement of EU membership, to kind of look at things differently. But I am not going to defend some of things that are happening. In Kosovo for instance, there continue to be issues between the Serbs and the Kosovars.
Well I think they're wrong. I think that she is a remarkable woman who has been a very good and dedicated public servant. I've known her for a very long time, she's very smart, she works very very hard and she is better, she has more experience than anybody that's ever run for president of the United States. She listens to people, both at home and abroad. She as senator was on the armed services committee, knows how that works, and as secretary of state she restored America's reputation. So I think there's nobody better prepared.
I think we actually are in a worse situation than when we were in office, which was during the 1990's when there was a great deal of hope and excitement about the end of the Cold War – looking at how Europe could in fact be a part of NATO and the European Union, and a sense that the United Nations could operate. I think it was really a time of a lot of hope and excitement.
I do, definitely and I know there are a lot of people critical of it. I actually spent time as a child in Belgrade, my father was the Czechoslovak ambassador to Yugoslavia. I am not welcome in Belgrade these days but I really do think that what we did, because of the kinds of things that Milosevic and Karadzic were doing, that they were justified. And to give the opportunity to the Bosnians and the Kosovars to be able to make decisions about how their country should be run.
Well I think this is the hardest question at the moment. America is a very unusual country. We are not a colonial power, we don't want to be the policemen of the world. And in many ways it's kind of hard to figure out when we should be involved and when we shouldn't. And we are criticised for both.
In Syria. Well generally. But Secretary Clinton was saying, and she is for a no-fly zone, a safe area, in Syria. I happen to think it would have been easier to do earlier. I do wish that we had sorted out better who some of the rebel groups were earlier. But the hardest part, and I am very careful about this, is that judgments were made about decisions that were made during the Clinton administration, that it's easy to be on the outside and say 'X should have happened.' The people that are in office make decisions based on the information that they have at the time. And I think that… I personally wish that we had done something earlier in Syria.
Well, I don't have to clarify it. The question was do you respect him -- he's a head of a major country. First of all, he says he didn't do it. Many people say it wasn't him. So who knows who did it?
Trump doesn't suit the Republican party. They usually divide up the state budget (among themselves) by frightening people about Russia. But Trump is ready to find a common language with Putin. That's why they don't need Trump and even regard him as dangerous.
I'm not Ronald Reagan, and this is a different time. But I believe with all my heart and soul that we face another time for choosing. Donald Trump says he is very very smart. I'm afraid to say that he is very very not smart. Donald Trump says he admires Vladimir Putin. At the same time he's called George W. Bush a liar. That is a twisted example of evil trumping good.