President Donald Trump was asked by a reporter on Wednesday if his views towards Russian leader Vladimir Putin have changed in light of current events during a joint press conference with the NATO secretary general.
After Trump told reporters that he was “very impressed” with China President Xi, saying that he think “he means well” and “wants to help” deal with North Korea, he was asked if he had a “deal with him in terms of currency manipulation” and “have your views changed on Putin?”
“We’re gonna see, we’re gonna see about that,” President Trump replied. “And I’ll also see about Putin over a period of time. It would be a fantastic thing if we got along with Putin and if we got along with Russia. And that could happen and it may not happen — it may be just the opposite,” he said, words that are very similar to what he has always said in regards to Putin and Russia.
“I would love to be able to get along with everybody,” Trump said. “Right now the world is a mess. But I think by the time we finish, I think it’s gonna be a lot better place to live. Speaking for myself, by the time I’m finished, it’s gonna be a lot better place to live in. Because right now, it’s nasty.”
Also on Wednesday, speaking at the United Nations, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley took a harsher tone towards Russia, saying that it’s time for them to stop providing cover for Syrian dictator Assad and his use of chemical weapons against his own people.