Trump Says Obama Fumbled HARD On Russia, Would Never Have Happened Under His Watch

Speaking in Buckinghamshire, in the United Kingdom, President Trump swiped his predecessor over his alleged mishandling of Russia’s invasion of Crimea. The president called the invasion and subsequent annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula an “Obama disaster” and said it would have never happened if Trump himself was in office.

The comments come ahead of his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom Trump says he has a “very good relationship.”

“I think we could have a very good relationship with President Putin,” Trump said, as Fox News reports. Trump also said he did not have “high expectations” for the meeting. “We’ll see,” the president added.

Per Fox News:

Trump tackled questions about Russia during a joint press conference outside London with British Prime Minister Theresa May. He used the forum to again blast the “rigged witch hunt,” his term for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates in the 2016 presidential election, saying it “hurts” U.S. and Russian relations.

But he made the claim about Crimea in response to a question from Fox News’ John Roberts on how relations could be improved while Putin continues to illegally occupy the region.

“I don’t think he would have done that if I were president,” Trump responded. “He took over Crimea during the Obama administration. … This was an Obama disaster, and if I were president then, he would not have taken over Crimea.”

Trump was then asked what remedies he had to fix the situation or how he plans to address Putin over the matter. The president said he is not going to reveal anything prior to his speaking with Putin, holding his cards close to his chest ahead of their one-on-one meeting in Helsinki, Finland.

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When asked about his prospective plans, Trump answered: “If I knew, I wouldn’t tell you, because that would put us at a disadvantage.”

“Obama failed very badly with Crimea,” Trump added. “I just want people to understand that Crimea was another bad hand.”

Here’s more from Friday’s press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May:

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