President Donald Trump launched a counterattack against the mainstream media’s “fake news” of casting him of being a Russian sympathizer by posting video of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton pushing for a “strong, prosperous Russia.”
The video clip was posted by Trump on his Twitter account so his 50-plus million followers could see Clinton’s pro-Russian stance for themselves – a stance for which she has often bashed the President.
“We want very much to have a strong Russia because a strong, competent, prosperous, stable Russia is , we think, in the interests of the world,” Clinton said as Obama’s secretary of state in her 2010 interview with the partially Russian government-owned First Channel Television.
Try this for Russian advocacy …
Trump was more than glad to turn the tables on his former Democratic rival for the White House.
“Will the Dems and the Fake News ever learn?” Trump asked in his Thursday tweet that included a video clip of Clinton’s quote. “This is classic!”
The video clip is also posted by blackballed Hollywood actor James Woods, who has received much backlash for his support of Trump and conservative views.
“Wait. What?” Woods wrote next to his posting of the clip on social media, according to WND.
With Democrats and other critics on the left recently bombarding the news with condemnation of the president for being too soft or friendly with the Russians, Trump provided some material for Clinton and journalists to explain while they take a timeout from bashing his interaction with the former Soviet Union.
“The needling comes amid a flood of criticism of his handling of this week’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin,” WND recounted. “Critics have gone so far as to threaten to subpoena to Congress the translator who was in the one-on-one between the two leaders.”
Right back at you …
With the recent world soccer championship taking place during the U.S.-Russia summit, Clinton took advantage of the opportunity to take her own jab at the president concerning Russia.
“Great World Cup. Question for President Trump as he meets Putin: Do you know which team you play for?” Clinton tweeted, questioning the president’s allegiance.
One response to Clinton’s quippish remark in lieu of the video clip was posted on Twitchy – Twitter’s news-aggregating site.
“Yeesh. It gets a bit more difficult to complain about a ‘strong Russia’ when you were calling for that very thing,” the Twitchy post reads.
When the former first lady was calling for a stronger, more competent, prosperous and stable Russia, she was responding to First Channel Television’s Vladimir Pozner’s series of interview questions.
“What in your view is America’s place in the modern world – is it a force aimed at supporting the world’s equilibrium, or is it a force aimed at changing the status quo?” Pozner asked Clinton.
She qualified her advocacy for a strong Russia by saying that she wants to bring about a more equal distribution of power and wealth in the world.
“It’s both in this way, Vladimir – it is a force to sustain … an equilibrium that permits countries and individuals to progress, to become more self-realizing,” Clinton answered. “I mean, we want very much to have a strong Russia because a strong, competent, prosperous, stable Russia is, we think, in the interests of the world.”
The former top foreign diplomat for the U.S. under the Obama administration then asserted that she is going against the status quo.
“But at the same time, there are countries and places where the status quo is just not acceptable,” Clinton continued. “Last summer, I went to the Democratic Republic of Congo. I went to Eastern Congo where 5.4 million people had been killed in the last 15 years, the greatest death toll since the Second World War. We don’t want that status quo to be sustained.”
Looking back about a decade, it was found that former President Barack Obama also cozied up to the idea of promoting a more powerful Russia.
“Then-President Obama made similar remarks about Russia during a 2009 speech, calling for a ‘reset’ in U.S-Russia relations and saying the world would benefit ‘from a strong and vibrant Russia,’” The Hill pointed out.
Operation Target Trump …
The mainstream media’s recent ambush on Trump was credited to his remark earlier this week about Russia meddling in U.S. elections.
“Trump has faced intense scrutiny for his handling of Russia this past week, after he sided with Putin’s denials of election interference during a press conference in Helsinki, Finland,” The Hill’s Jacqueline Thomsen noted. “Trump attempted to walk back the comments on Tuesday, saying he believes the U.S. intelligence assessment that found Russia meddled in the election.”
The latest attack swarmed on a follow-up comment Trump made on the controversial issue – a response that his administration said was misconstrued.
“Trump also drew some criticism on Wednesday after he appeared to say that he didn’t believe Russia was still targeting the U.S,” Thomsen added. “The White House later denied that Trump made the comment, saying his ‘no’ was directed at further questions.”