President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that his Russian counterpart would rather see Hillary Clinton as president, despite the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that the Kremlin meddled in the 2016 election to boost Trump over the Democratic nominee.
“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 told CBN’s Pat Robertson in an interview set to air in full Thursday morning on the “700 Club.” “As an example, if Hillary had won, our military would be decimated. Our energy would be much more expensive.”
That, Trump continued, is what Russian President Vladimir 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," he added. "So what I keep hearing about that he would have rather had Trump, I think ‘probably not.’"
Trump and Putin met last week at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, for more than two hours.
“Everyone was surprised by the amount of time but that was a good thing and not a bad thing,” Trump said of the meeting. “Yeah, I think we get along very well and I think that’s a good thing. That’s not a bad thing.”
The president criticized people who say he shouldn’t get along with Putin, asking, “Well, who are the people that are saying that?”
“I think we get along very, very well,” he added. “We are a tremendously powerful nuclear power, and so are they. It doesn’t make sense not to have some kind of a relationship.”