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World War III? Trump Calls Out Russia, Obama, And North Korea

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World War III? Trump Calls Out Russia, Obama, And North Korea

President Trump has repeatedly said that he wanted to improve relations with Russia. He has spoken positively about Putin’s leadership ability. And the president has been reluctant to charge Russia with meddling in the 2016 presidential election. But in Trump’s brief visit in Poland before the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on Friday, Trump accused Russia of “destabilizing behavior.”
Standing next to the Polish President Andrzej Duda, Trump gave rare criticism of Russia. When he was asked if he could definitively say Russia interfered in the U.S. election, the president responded that “I think it was Russia and I think it could have been other people in other countries.” He added, “I think it could very well have been Russia but I think it well could have been other countries and I won’t be specific.” Trump later said that “nobody really knows for sure,” and at another time, “it was Russia, and I think it was probably others also.”
But Trump saved his most intense criticism for President Obama and the American media. He maintained that the CIA briefed Obama about election meddling in August of last year and he “did nothing about it.” “Why did he do nothing from August all the way to November 8?” Trump said, saying the reason was that Obama was sure that Hillary Clinton would win the presidency.
The president spent time in his briefing in Poland insulting the media, especially CNN. He said, “they have been fake news for a long time,” and noted that “NBC is equally as bad.”
Maybe the most significant thing Trump said while in Poland had to due with North Korea and their missile and nuclear programs. He said they “are behaving in a very, very dangerous manner. I have some pretty severe things that we’re thinking about,” he said, in response to the country’s latest ICBM missile test. He didn’t specify what the response will be, but said, “I don’t know, we’ll see what happens” and “I don’t draw red lines.”
President Trump had much praise for Poland and their military spending. He criticized other European NATO partners for not meeting the organization’s goal of spending 2% of GDP on the military build up.
It is going to be interesting to see how Trump’s meeting with Putin goes at the G20 summit after expressing his criticism in Poland. What do you think about Trump’s words and his statement that it was Russia “and other countries?”

Credit: NPR

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