Putin Says U.S. Political System is Eating Itself up

Russian President Vladimir Putin praised United States President Donald Trump during an interview on Wednesday with the Russian state television, although his words for Trump were kind, he said that he was very disappointed that the United States political system seems to be “eating itself up.” Both Putin and Trump met during various international summits last year and Putin said that “I have no disappointment at all,” When asked about meeting President Trump. “Moreover, on a personal level, he made a very good impression on me.” 

G20 Summit 

During the Interview, he also spoke about meeting Melania Trump when seated next to her during the official dinner in Hamburg, Germany for the G20 summit in July. He said that he told Milania “about Siberia and Kamchatka, about fishing … about bears on Kamchatka and tigers in the Far East. I made some exaggerations. When you talk about fishing, you can’t help exaggerating.”

U.S. Political System

The conversation then turned to something more serious. President Vladimir Putin started venting his frustrations with the United States political system, saying “It has demonstrated its inefficiency and has been eating itself up. It’s quite difficult to interact with such a system because it’s unpredictable.”

Nuclear Weapons

When asked about his countries hopes for better relations with the United States and the ongoing investigations into the allegation that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the presidential election, Putin said that the tensions in relations have been caused by the Western efforts to weaken and contain Russia. “We are a great power, and no one likes competition.”

When questioned about his announcement of new Russian Nuclear weapons last week, said that although he hopes the weapons will never need to be used, that Russia will retaliate if it comes under attack. “Yes, it will mean a global catastrophe for mankind, for the entire world. But as a citizen of Russia and the head of Russian state, I would ask: What is such a world for, if there were no Russia?”

 

Benjamin Diaz

Benjamin Diaz started working for Debate Report in 2017. Ben grew up in a small town in northern Ontario. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife a year later. Benhas been a proud Torontonian for the past 10 years. He covers politics and the economy. Previously he wrote for CTV News and the Huffington Post Canada.

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