On Thursday, President Donald Trump tweeted video of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying, “We want very much to have a strong Russia.”
“Will the Dems and Fake News ever learn? This is classic!,” Trump commented in his tweet, in apparent response to Democrat and liberal news media criticism of his comments about, and dealings with, Russia.
In the video, Ms. Clinton states:
“We want very much to have a strong Russia because a strong, competent, prosperous, stable Russia is, we think, in the interests of the world.”
Clinton made the remark in an answer to a question by Vladimir Pozner during an interview in Russia for First Channel Television on March 19, 2010.
The U.S. Department of State website transcript of the question and Clinton’s full answer is provided below:
QUESTION: Alexander (inaudible): “What in your view is America’s place in the modern world? Is it a force aimed at supporting the world’s equilibrium? Or is it a force aimed at changing the status quo?”
SECRETARY CLINTON: It’s both in this way, Vladimir. It is a force to sustain an equilibrium that permits countries and individuals to progress, to become more self-realizing. I mean, we want very much to have a strong Russia because a strong, competent, prosperous, stable Russia is, we think, in the interests of the world. But at the same time, there are countries and places where the status quo is just not acceptable. Last summer, I went to the Democratic Republic of Congo. I went to Eastern Congo where 5.4 million people had been killed in the last 15 years, the greatest death toll since the Second World War. We don’t want that status quo to be sustained.
Will the Dems and Fake News ever learn? This is classic! pic.twitter.com/kSX3ROI4QG— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2018