Trump: ‘Russia Will Have Much Greater Respect for Our Country When I’m Leading It’

By Melanie Arter | January 11, 2017 | 2:21pm EST
President-elect Donald Trump (AP Photo)

( – President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that Russia “will have much greater respect” for the U.S. when Trump is running it compared to past administrations.

“Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I’m leading it than when other people have led it. You will see that. Russia will respect our country more. He shouldn’t have done it. I don’t believe he’ll be doing it more now,” Trump said referring to the Russian hacking recently revealed by U.S. intelligence agencies.


“Can you stand here today once and for all and say that no one connected to you or your campaign had any contact with Russia leading up to or during the presidential campaign, and if you indeed do believe that Russia was behind the hacking, what is your message to Vladimir Putin right now?” a reporter asked.

“He shouldn’t be doing it. He won’t be doing it,” Trump replied.

Trump said Russia isn’t the only country that has targeted the U.S. through hacking.

“It’s not just Russia,” he said. “Take a look at what’s happened. You don’t report it the same way - 22 million accounts were hacked in this country by China, and that’s because we have no defense. That’s because we’re run by people that don’t know what they’re doing.

“Russia will have far greater respect for our country when I’m leading it, and I believe – and I hope, maybe it won’t happen - it’s possible,” Trump said.

Trump said he won’t have a reset button like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“But I won’t be given a little reset button like Hillary - here, press this piece of plastic. Guy looked at her like, what is she doing?” he said. “There’s no reset button. We’re either going to get along or we’re not. I hope we get along, but if we don’t, that’s possible too.

“But Russia and other countries … including China, which has taken total advantage of us economically, totally advantage of us in the South China Sea by building their massive fortress – total. Russia, China, Japan, Mexico – all countries will respect us far more, far more than they do under past administrations,” he added.

Trump announced that within 90 days, his administration will come up with a “major report on hacking defense - how do we stop this new phenomena, fairly new phenomena, because the United States is hacked by everybody.”

He said the United States is last out of a list of 17 industries in terms of cyber protection.

“You know, the United States, our government out of a list of 17 in terms of industries is the worst – it’s number 17 in terms of protection if you look at the retail industry, if you look at the banking industry, various industries. Out of 17 industries … the United States is last in terms of protecting—let’s say hacking defense,” Trump said.

Trump said the Republican National Committee “had a great hacking defense.”

“That’s why we weren’t hacked,” he said.

 “By the way, we were told they were trying to hack us. They weren’t able to hack - and I think I get some credit, ‘cause I told Reince, and Reince did a phenomenal job, but I said, I want strong hacking defense. The Democratic National Committee didn’t do that. Maybe that’s why the country runs so badly that way,” Trump said.

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