Trump: 'I Think It Was a Good Day for Russia. I Don't See What We Got Out of It'

By Susan Jones | June 17, 2021 | 6:23am EDT
President Biden sums up his summit with Russian President Putin on June 16 in Geneva. (Photo: Screen shot)
President Biden sums up his summit with Russian President Putin on June 16 in Geneva. (Photo: Screen shot)

( - Asked for his impression of the Biden-Putin summit, former President Donald Trump said, "I think it was a good day for Russia. I don't see what we got out of it."

Trump spoke to Fox News's Sean Hannity on Wednesday night:

"Well, I guess the overall (impression) is, we didn't get anything. We gave a very big stage to Russia, and we got nothing. We gave up something that was unbelievably valuable. I stopped the pipeline, Nord Stream. And that pipeline was stopped. And it was given back, and nothing was gotten for it. And it was just -- it was another day.

"And performance art -- you will take a look at how various people performed, namely, the two people. And you have to form your own judgment. It's not for me to say. But I will say that it was -- I think it was a good day for Russia. I don't see what we got out of it."

(Last month, the Biden administration informed Congress it would waive sanctions on the corporate entity and CEO overseeing construction of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline into Germany, as Axios first reported. The decision benefits Germany, but critics note it makes eastern Europe dependent on Russia for its energy needs.

Biden, asked about the waiver of sanctions, told reporters last month, "Nord Stream 2 is a complicated issue affecting our allies in Europe.  I’ve been opposed to Nord Stream 2 for a long time, from the beginning, when I was even — when I was out of office and even before office, when we — before I left office as Vice President.")

‘I did what I came to do’

President Joe Biden told a news conference in Geneva on Wednesday that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin "established a clear basis" on how they intend to deal with each other.

"This is about how we move from here," Biden said. "We'll find out within the next six months to a year whether or not we actually have a strategic dialogue that matters. We'll find out whether we work to deal with everything from release of people in Russian prisons or not. We'll find out whether we have a cybersecurity arrangement that begins to bring some order because look, countries that most are likely to be damaged from failure to do that are the major countries."

Biden said it was important for him to meet Putin in person "so there could be no mistake or misrepresentations about what I wanted to communicate."

I did what I came to do. Number one, identify areas of practical work our two countries can do to advance our mutual interests and also benefit the world. Two, communicate directly, directly, that the United States will respond to actions that impair our vital interests or those of our allies. And three, to clearly lay out our country's priorities and our values, so he heard it straight from me.

And I must tell you, the tone of the entire meeting--I guess it was a total of four hours, was--was--was good, positive. There wasn't any--any strident action taken. Where we disagreed, I disagreed, stated where it was. Where he disagreed, he stated. But it was not done in a hyperbolic atmosphere. That is too much of what's been going on.

'U.S. relationship with Russia 'could have been fantastic'

President Trump told Hannity that he "got along really well" with Putin.

Nobody was tougher on Russia, he would say that. But nobody was tougher on Russia. You never heard of Nord Stream. You never heard of all of the things that we did in terms of sanctions, so many sanctions. And I was loving the idea of taking them off. I would have loved to have taken them off as soon as they got their act together.

I think we had a, you know, great shot at having an unbelievable relationship with Russia. It could have been fantastic. It could have been really beneficial to both countries. You know, they need economics. And we need things that they have where they have very valuable land in terms of mineral rights and many other things.

And a lot of good things could have happened. I had a very good relationship with Putin. But nobody treated him tougher. He understood. Nobody ever heard of the pipeline until I got involved. And I said, wait a minute, the pipeline is going to Germany and all over Europe, what's going on? Why are we protecting you people? You know, again, and I just -- it was just unbelievable.

I got so much for that. And to give up the stoppage, I mean, we -- I stopped it. And to give it up -- and then if you see what they did -- and the number is really 48,000, not 8,000, but you see what they did with the Keystone XL Pipeline where they stopped it almost on the first day. And that was never mentioned during the debate.

I kept saying, you know, you're not going to be energy independent. You're not going to do for Pennsylvania, for Texas, for all of these places where we're doing so well with energy, we're not going to be energy independent in two months from now.

They're making windmills all over the place to ruin our land and kill our birds, to kill everything. And we're not going to be -- and they're very intermittent, as you learned from watching over the last four months. It's intermittent energy. It's not good. It's not going to power our great factories. And it's a real -- it's a real problem.

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