Hil­lary hits out at praise for Rus­sia

The Myanmar Times - - World -

HIL­LARY Clin­ton sharply crit­i­cised Don­ald Trump over his “absolute al­le­giance” to Rus­sian pol­icy aims, say­ing it raised both “na­tional se­cu­rity is­sues” and new doubts about his temperament.

Mr Trump, her Repub­li­can ri­val in the race for the White House, re­sponded de­fi­antly, say­ing that he had “no re­la­tion­ship” with Rus­sian leader Vladimir Putin and had never met nor spo­ken to him by phone, but that “if our coun­try got along with Rus­sia, that would be a great thing”.

He said in an ABC in­ter­view on July 31 that he was not about to dis­avow it if Mr Putin praised him as a “ge­nius”. Some Rus­sian speak­ers say “colour­ful” was a bet­ter trans­la­tion of the word.

But per­haps fur­ther fan­ning con­tro­versy, Mr Trump added that as pres­i­dent he would at least con­sider ac­knowl­edg­ing Rus­sian sovereignty over Crimea, the Ukrainian ter­ri­tory that Rus­sia an­nexed in 2014 in the face of wide­spread in­ter­na­tional con­dem­na­tion.

“The peo­ple of Crimea, from what I’ve heard, would rather be with Rus­sia,” Mr Trump said. –

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