Donald Trump Backs ‘Getting Along’ with Russia as Ukraine Standoff Continues

By James Walker

Former President Donald Trump stressed the importance of the U.S. “getting along” with Russia and other world powers as tensions at the Ukraine border continued to mount amid a buildup of Russian troops.

Speaking to Fox News on Monday night, Trump claimed “getting along with Russia is a good thing” and said he got along with the Russian President Vladimir Putin during his time in the Oval Office.

The former commander-in-chief also said it would be a good thing for the U.S. to get along with China and North Korea, as he criticized his predecessor former President Barack Obama‘s record.

In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Trump said: “Getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. Getting along with China’s a good thing. The problem we have with China was COVID, because nobody ever took out so much money from China.”

He later added: “I got along with President Putin. I liked him, he liked me. That’s a good thing, not a bad thing.” Newsweek has contacted former President Trump’s office for further comment.

Trump appeared to caution against hostility with Russia as the country continued to amass troops on Ukraine’s border following the 2014 annexation of Crimea.

Josep Borrell, the high representative of the European Union, said on Monday that Russia had gathered its largest military buildup on Ukraine’s border. He said the force was comprised of roughly 150,000 soldiers, but declined to disclose the source of that number. The Ukrainian Defence Minister Andriy Taran put the estimate at 110,000 last week.

“It is the highest military deployment of the Russian army on the Ukrainian borders ever. It’s clear that it’s a matter of concern when you deploy a lot of troops,” Borrell said. “Well, a spark can jump here or there.”

While tensions in the region have increased of late, experts have said that the prospect of a full-scale invasion is still unlikely, as some world leaders have stressed the need for dialogue.

Air Force General Tod Wolters told the House Armed Services Committee that there was a “low to medium” risk of Russian forces invading Ukrainian territory, and predicted that odds would “start to wane.” President Joe Biden also announced new sanctions against Russian technology firms that allegedly supported Russian cyberattacks on the U.S.

A Ukrainian general Viktor Ganushchak said his forces would be “ready” for any assault by the Russian military, but added that he couldn’t “make any kind of forecast” and said Russia was bringing “battalion tactical groups” to the border. He is the deputy commander of Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation.

26 comments

  • “I got along with President Putin. I liked him, he liked me. That’s a good thing, not a bad thing.”

    Yes and you both show a hatred for Ukraine, that’s another thing you have in common. What next, Ukraine belongs to Russia because they speak Russian there?

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  • Incredibly unhelpful.
    I have no idea whether the little poisoner had something on Trump or not. Certainly he was comfortable to hire and hang out with evil paid putler shills like Stone, Manafort and Flynn. All of whom of course he pardoned on leaving the WH.
    I did myself experience just by chance one curious thing; a live interview with Trump and another filthy putinoid : Michael Savage, in early 2014. It did not as far as I know appear on Savage’s site, or YouTube.
    The interview proceeded with a range of talking points of that time. Suddenly, spontaneously, Trump started speaking extremely critically about the theft of Crimea, which was the mainstream position of most senior Republicans at the time. There was a pregnant pause and then Savage quickly steered the conversation onto another topic.
    The next time he appeared on Savage’s show, Trump had suddenly adopted Savage’s position, which was that the invasion was all the fault of Obama and the EU. From then on he never wavered, going on in 2016 to tell a Dem interviewer; George Stephanopoulos, that : “But you know, the people of Crimea, from what I’ve heard, would rather be with Russia than where they were. And you have to look at that, also.”
    The other thing that can be observed, is that Trump’s key friends in the media, such as Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson, Ann Coulter, Alex Jones, Savage etc are all fans of the little poisoner.
    In case anyone thinks I’m taking a partisan line, I am not; I am simply stating facts. In January 2014, John Kerry and Jen Psaki were photographed grinning next to that nazi bastard Lavrov. Psaki was wearing a pink hat with the Lenin communist star on it. Those two rancid maggots are now key members of the Biden team.

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    • What Trump fails to realise, “getting along” with another country is a two way street. Russia’s idea of getting along is by invading, and installing puppets to run all the parts of countries Russia have annexed.

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    • It’s not illegit to blame Obama for the Crimea invasion. Obama had shown Putin he was weak, and it was not likely Obama would react to such an invasion. Putin was right.

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  • stanleyankiewicz

    Why can’t we just be friends ?

    A SEAL team raided a Taliban outpost and discovered $500,000 in cash. This led to an investigation indicating that the Russians had been providing Taliban fighters with bounties for killing American soldiers. He dismissed this as a hoax.
    Solar Winds hack……… maybe it was China.
    QUESTION: I would like to know if you became president, would you recognize (inaudible) Crimea as Russian territory? And also if the U.S. would lift sanctions that are (inaudible)? TRUMP: We’ll be looking at that. Yeah, we’ll be looking.”

    Should I continue ???

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    • Don’t forget who finally showed some backbone and supplied Ukraine with real defensive weapons like javelins and ships. We had 7 years of words from politicians but we finally got real actions from Trump, thank God.

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    • It later came out that the bounties were coming from Iran. It’s possible that Iran is just a “bagman,” but that was where the money had come from. Given the billions in cash Obama had given Iran, it is not surprising that Iran was paying bounties for troop killings.

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      • stanleyankiewicz

        This would go against the assessments of

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        • stanleyankiewicz

          More than a few of intelligence reports.
          American officials intercepted electronic data showing large financial transfers from a bank account controlled by Russia’s military intelligence agency to a Taliban-linked account, evidence that supported their conclusion that Russia covertly offered bounties for killing U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan.

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  • Seems Trump was/is on Putin’s payroll. Was obvious from the beginning. Bribes came via Deutsche Bank to Trump’s accounts, yet the FBI claim they found nothing. Corruption is the biggest problem we have now in the world. In Germany another Putin-asslicker, Laschet, is going to be installed soon. So, ruSSian ca$h and whores for everybody! (Sarcasm 😕)

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    • Laschet is such a putinoid that it seems he’s been installed by the kremlin. The krauts are now naked putler lackeys.
      What a fucking disaster.

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      • 75% of germans support Markus Soder from Bavaria. Yet the CDU chose the unpopular Laschet. This means he is a Kremlin puppet and the elections will be rigged in his favor.

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    • stanleyankiewicz

      Trump has a long history of doing business with shady Russian characters with ties to Russian intelligence. His behavior in office, beginning with his refusal to release his tax returns and the vehemence with which he has fought any transparency when it comes to his business affairs, leads one to wonder—what does he owe Russia

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      • There was no obligation on the part of Trump to release his tax returns, or do any other sort of leftist virtue signaling. He also had no obligation to be “transparent” in his business dealings before he was President.

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        • stanleyankiewicz

          For decades, sharing tax returns with the public has been one way for presidential candidates to allay fears about any conflicts of interest and show that they’re playing by the same rules as other taxpayers. While there’s no law requiring this step—although it is required of many Cabinet and sub-Cabinet nominees—Trump’s insistence on keeping his filings secret has sown doubt about his dealings with Russia.

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    • Given the FBI’s hatred of Trump, if DBank was giving money to Trump, they would have found it. Given the sanctions and military aid Trump gave to Ukraine, it is unlikely in the extreme that trump is on “Putin’s payroll.”

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  • stanleyankiewicz

    Not on their payroll , but in possession of very damaging financial information.

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    • stanleyankiewicz

      I apologize for the double posts.
      Total lockdown here due to Chinese bat virus and I have had a few beers today.

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      • stanleyankiewicz

        Off topic but things are getting fucking crazy here. Police in Ontario will now have the power to stop drivers or pedestrians and ask for their address and reason for being out. Residents could face fines of up to $C750 (US$600) for refusing to comply. Checkpoints will be established on provincial borders with Manitoba and Quebec to stop non-essential travel – but not on the frontier with the US.

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