Pelosi: ‘The Question Is What Does Putin Have On the President Politically, Personally, Financially’

CNSNews.com Staff | September 28, 2020 | 5:15pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said today on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” that “the question is what does [Russian President Vladimir] Putin have on the president politically, personally, financially.”

Pelosi was discussing a lengthy report published in the New York Times on Sunday that the Times said was based on Trump tax data they had gotten hold of.

“Well, and of course there’s always Russia,” said Pelosi. “The question is what does Putin have on the president politically, personally, financially and in every way that the president would try to undermine our commitment to NATO, give away the store to Russia and Syria, try to cast blame on Ukraine for interfering in our elections when he knows full well, with the consensus from the intelligence community, that it is Russia. 

“The list goes on and on: the annexation in Crimea, and the rest of that the president just turns away from,” said Pelosi.

“So, he says he likes Putin, and Putin likes him,” said Pelosi. “Well, what's the connection?  We'll see.” 

Here is a transcript from the part of Pelosi’s interview with Andrea Mitchell where Pelosi says “the question is what does Putin have on the president politically, personally, financially:”

Mitchell: “And as you pointed out, you spent years on the Intelligence Committee and now, of course, get briefings as Speaker.  So, you know the subject very, very well. Among the countries that he's paying for, the Philippines, where he’s been praising the dictator Duterte; Turkey, Erdogan. These are not, not our closest allies, but they are people he probably has been embracing.”

Pelosi: “Well, and of course there’s always Russia.  The question is what does Putin have on the President politically, personally, financially and in every way that the President would try to undermine our commitment to NATO, give away the store to Russia and Syria, try to cast blame on Ukraine for interfering in our elections when he knows full well, with the consensus from the intelligence community, that it is Russia.  The list goes on and on, the annexation in Crimea, and the rest of that the President just turns away from. 

"So, he says he likes Putin, and Putin likes him.  Well, what's the connection?  We'll see.  The fact is, whatever that leads to, the fact is over $400 million in leverage that somebody has over the President of the United States.  If he were going to be a President – a federal appointee that would be a major obstacle.  Because someone has leverage over you in terms of the national security." 

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