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Trump's Argument Against Russian Election Interference: Putin Probably Would've Preferred Clinton In Charge

President Donald Trump gave an interview this week on an ultra-conservative Christian show and talked Russia with the host. According to the POTUS, if Russia had interfered with the election, they would have been trying to put his opponent in the Oval Office. Trump says Russian President Vladimir Putin knows Trump stands for a strong military, while former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would have 'decimated' the military.

Trump appeared on 'The 700 Club' and sat down for an interview with host Pat Robertson. One of the topics of discussion in the first personal interview the president has done in weeks was the current investigation into whether Trump's campaign team colluded with Russia to interfere with the U.S. election. Damaging information came out last week implicating Donald Trump Jr. getting emails to meet with a lawyer with ties to the Kremlin in hopes of getting dirt on Trump's opponent, former Secretary of State Clinton.

Trump argued that if Putin did interfere in the election, he wouldn't have wanted Trump to win. "Why would [Putin] want me to win?" Trump asks. "'If Hillary had won, our military would be decimated. Our energy would be much more expensive. That's what Putin doesn't like about me. He would like Hillary where she wants to have windmills. There are many things that I do that are the exact opposite of what he would want."

Trump explained that Putin naturally wants what is in Russia’s best interest, such as Syria conflict. "Well he wants what's good for Russia, and I want what's, good for the United States," Trump said. "Sometimes you're not going to get along on things and sometimes you will."

But overall POTUS believes he and Putin are able to work together. Trump met with Putin at the G-20 summit last week. “Everyone was surprised by the amount of time, but that was a good thing and not a bad thing. Yeah, I think we get along very well and I think that’s a good thing, that’s not a bad thing,” Trump said. “People said, ‘Oh they shouldn’t get along.’ Well, who are the people that are saying that? I think we get along very, very well. We are a tremendously powerful nuclear power, and so are they. It doesn’t make sense not to have some kind of a relationship.”

Another topic of conversation was the Affordable Care Act, which Robertson referred to as 'iniquitous Obamacare'.

Trump expressed regret that the Senate Republican health care bill is unlikely to pass again. "I don’t even want to talk about it," Trump told Robertson. "I will be very angry about it and a lot of people will be very upset. But I’m sitting waiting for that bill to come to my desk."

“I hope that they do it," he added.

With the Russia investigation underway and the embarrassing failure for the Republicans to come together to repeal and replace Obamacare, Trump has been avoiding sitting down with any mainstream media journalists.

Source: HuffPost, Daily Mail
Photo: YouTube

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