But now he’s only saying that because the press is having a field day with his performance in Helinski. Days after he pretty much appeared to be on a lovingly -adoration-riddled tour with Putin, Trump, has backflipped on pretty much everything he originally said about Putin and election meddling.
View the full CBS interview here.
According to an interview posted by CBS, Trump, who just days ago said (I don’t see any reason to hold Russia responsible”) now says that he would indeed hold Vladamir Putin personally responsible for meddling in the 2016 elections. The interview appeared in part after a sit-down with CBS Anchor Jeff Glor — who pressed Trump over the fact he hadn’t yet condemned Putin himself up to that very point.
These three one-liners are, uh, catching intense heat on the internet.
- Trump: “Well, I would, because he’s in charge of the country. Just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country. So certainly as the leader of a country you would have to hold him responsible, yes.”
- Glor: “What did you say to him?”
- Trump: “Very strong on the fact that we can’t have meddling, we can’t have any of that—now look. We’re also living in a grown-up world. Will a strong statement—you know—President Obama supposedly made a strong statement—nobody heard it. What they did hear is a statement he made to Putin’s very close friend. And that statement was not acceptable. Didn’t get very much play relatively speaking. But that statement was not acceptable. But I let him know we can’t have this, we’re not going to have it, and that’s the way it’s going to be.”