Donald Trump, one of the two people in line to become the next president of the United States, once again proved his utter ignorance regarding international politics when he claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not make a military move into Ukraine.
Spoiler alert: Putin already steamrolled into the country and annexed the Crimean Peninsula back in 2014.
The Republican presidential nominee offered this extremely muddled explanation about the Russia-Ukraine conflict, which has claimed roughly 10,000 lives, during an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.
“He’s not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you understand,” Trump said of Russian president when asked about scrubbing pro-Ukrainian references from the Republican platform. “He’s not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it down. You can take it anywhere you want.”
When Stephanopoulos pointed out that Russia had already invaded Ukraine, an event that was front-page news several times, a befuddled Trump responded in his usual boorish fashion — by placing the blame on Obama.
“Well, he’s (Putin) already there, isn’t he?” the host asked.
“OK – well, he’s (Putin) there in a certain way,” Trump said. “But I’m not there. You have Obama there. And frankly, that whole part of the world is a mess under Obama with all the strength that you’re talking about and all the power of NATO and all of this. In the meantime, he’s going away. He take… takes Crimea. He’s sort of, I mean.”
Trump, whose relations with Russia have recently come under scrutiny, also went on to suggest that he would consider officially recognizing Russia’s annexation of Crimea as president — despite the fact that Western leaders have denounced the referendum as illegal, since it took place under the control of “heavily armed Russian troops.”
“I’m going to take a look at it,” the business mogul added. “But you know, the people of Crimea, from what I’ve heard, would rather be with Russia than where they were. And you have to look at that, also… just so you understand, that was done under Obama’s administration.”
He also said that Ukraine is a mess under Obama and NATO, suggesting that the country and America’s relations with Russia will improve under Trump’s presidency.
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