Hillary hits out at praise for Russia
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. –