Putin’s responses to an American Journalist about Trump may surprise you

Putin and Trump

**(Russia Insider supplied video transcript below)

Dmitry Peskov: Thank you. Mr President, you haven’t had any questions from foreign journalists today. I suggest a question from ABC News.

ABC Terry Moran: Thank you, Mr President. Terry Moran with ABC News.First, in the United States investigations by Congress, the Department of Justice and the media have uncovered a very large number of contacts between Russian citizens associated with your government and high officials of the Trump campaign.    Some of those officials are now being prosecuted for lying about those contacts, all this is not normal and many Americans are saying where there is that much smoke there must be fire.   How would you explain to Americans the sheer number of contacts between the Trump campaign and your government?

Secondly, if I may, it has almost been a year since Donald Trump has been elected president, you praised Donald Trump during the campaign, but what is your assessment of Donald Trump as president after one year?   Thank you.

Vladimir Putin:   Let us begin with the second part of your question.  It is not for me to evaluate Donald Trump’s work.  This should be done by his electorate, the American people, but we do see some major achievements, even over the short period he has been in office.   Look at the markets, which have grown.   This is evidence of investors’ trust in the US economy.   This means they trust what President Trump is doing in this area.   With all due respect to President Trump’s opposition in the United States, these are objective factors.

There are also things he would probably like to do but has not been able to do so far, such as a healthcare reform and several other areas.   By the way, he said his intentions in foreign policy included improving relations with Russia, it is clear that he has been unable to do this because of the obvious constraints, even if he wanted to.   In fact, I do not know if he still wants to or has exhausted the desire to do this; you should ask him.   I hope that he does and that we will eventually normalise our relations to the benefit of the American and Russian people, and that we will continue to develop and will overcome the common and well-known threats, such as terrorism, environmental problems, weapons of mass destruction, crises around the world, including in the Middle East, the North Korean problem, etc.  There are many things we can do much more effectively together in the interests of our people than we are doing them now. Actually, we can do everything more effectively together.

ABC Terry Moran: How would you explain the connection between the government, your government, and the Trump campaign?   How would you explain it to Americans?

Vladimir Putin:   I see, I see.   You know that all this was invented by the people who stand in opposition to Mr Trump to present his work as illegitimate.   It seems strange to me, and I mean it, that the people who are doing this do not seem to realise that they are damaging the internal political climate in the country, that they are decimating the possibilities of the elected head of state.  This means that they do not respect the people who voted for him.

How do you see any election process worldwide?   Do we need to ban any contacts at all?   Our ambassador has been accused of meeting with someone, but this is standard international practice when a diplomatic representative and even Government members meet with all the candidates, their teams, when they discuss various issues and development prospects, when they want to understand what certain people will do after assuming power and how to respond to this.  What kind of extraordinary things did anyone see in this?    And why should all this take on the nature of spy mania?

You have watched the investigation on social media.  The share of Russian corporate advertising makes up less than 0.01 percent, with that of American companies totaling 100, 200 and 300 percent.  It is simply incomparable.  But, for some reason, even this is seen as excessive.  This is some kind of gibberish.

The same can be said about the situation with our media outlets, including RT and Sputnik. But their share in the overall information volume is negligible, as compared to the share of global US media outlets all over the world and in Russia.   And this is seen as a threat?   Then what about freedom of the media?   This is actually a cornerstone, on which American democracy itself is based.

All of us should realise that someone succeeds and someone does not.    We need to draw conclusions from this and move on, instead of pouncing on one another like animals.   We need to think about this and draw conclusions.

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