Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on US President Donald Trump's statement claiming that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have been better off if presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 election.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In an interview with CBN, Donald Trump said he believes Hillary Clinton would have been better as the US leader for Putin because unlike her, Trump is working to strengthen the US military and power industry, which the Russian leader "would hate," according to him.
"I want to remind you of the words by President Putin that Russia has not interfered, does not interfere and is not going to interfere in someone's internal affairs and the country's leadership is not chosen through someone's influence, but is elected by the people who live in the country," Peskov said when asked to comment on Trump's remarks.
"I just want to recall in this connection the words President Putin has repeatedly said that we are interested in having the politicians who lead the countries take a positive approach to the future of bilateral relations because the Russian side is interested in building good relations, mutually beneficial relations. And of course, we welcome any politicians who have a similar attitude," he said.Peskov said that he sees no "evolution" in the new comments made by Trump regarding his firstface-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
On Wednesday, Trump told the Reuters news agency that he was "very tough" with Putin during their meeting, which took place on July 7 on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg. In another Wednesday's interview, to the CBN, Trump noted that he had an excellent meeting with Putin, and they get along very well.
"As for the president of the United States of America, we have already said that the president asked, asked directly and clearly, the questions that interested him, and he received quite exhaustive and confident answers from President [Vladimir] Putin. Therefore, I do not see any evolution here, this has already been said repeatedly," Peskov told reporters answering the question whether he thought that Trump's evaluation of the meeting has "evolved."