Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Trump Attempts to Clarify Comments on Russian Forces in Ukraine

Lance Thomas | 05 August, 2016, 00:13

Trump also has been accused of having a hand in the Republican Party platform's omission of pushing for lethal aid to Ukraine, a long held GOP position.

As a disabled Vietnam veteran who has seen the killing of American soldiers by Soviet Union-provided weapons, I find Trump's admiration for Putin and his policy of aggression to our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies abhorrent and bordering on treason.

Russian President Vladimir Putin waves during the commemoration of 100 years of the Russian chapel in Vrsic, Slovenia, July, 30, 2016.

Donald Trump is trying to claw back a string of inaccurate comments about Ukraine, but he's yet to get it right. "You have Obama there", Trump said.

ABC's George Stephanopoulos said, "Well, he's already there, isn't he?"

The Daily Beast this week uncovered a 2013 interview with Trump in Moscow in which he said, "I do have a relationship" with Putin, although the two men didn't meet, according to the report. You have Obama there.

Yanukovych fled to Russia, while Russian special forces moved quickly to seize Crimea in March 2014, later spreading the conflict to eastern parts of Ukraine.

Let's look at some facts. So we're protecting these countries and they're not paying. Russian Federation annexed the Ukrainian territory of Crimea in 2014. A Republic of Crimea was quickly formed, and the government applied to join the Russian Federation.

Some Trump critics have questioned whether Trump is compromised by financial ties to Russian Federation or is being manipulated for Russia's benefit. "They say-now we send in our pollsters, we say, 'That's not true.' Well, you know, guess what?"

TRUMP on Putin: "He's not going into Ukraine, OK. Wouldn't that be great?", Trump yesterday said at an election rally in Ashburn, Virginia, a suburb of Washington DC. I mean, he was saying very good things about me. "That was during Obama's watch".

Jake Sullivan, foreign policy adviser for the Hillary Clinton campaign, commented on the interview with Donald Trump, asking "What is he talking about?"

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Thursday called the allegations "totally absurd" and bordering on "stupidity", attributing the claims to "Russophobia in the U.S". Now, that was under - just so you understand, that was done under Obama's administration.

"So he has the Olympics", Trump said that May.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at the time praised Putin's decision, which caused a serious rift in Russia-U.S. relations. "Don't blame Donald Trump for that", he added, referring to himself. We will be looking.

While the Republican nominee sorts out his response, Trump might also want to explain what it is about Putin he admirers. We should definitely do sanctions, and we have to show some strength.

Manafort said on "Meet the Press" that the platform changes on Ukraine "absolutely did not come from the Trump campaign" or him specifically.

Earlier this month, DW reported the links between Trump's campaign manager to Ukrainian politicians with pro-Russia policy stances.

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