Trump Says He Never Met Putin, But Would Rather Be ‘Friendly’ with Russia

Melanie Arter | July 27, 2016 | 12:36pm EDT
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GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump (AP Photo)

( – In a press conference in Doral, Fla., GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said he never met Russian President Vladimir Putin but as president, he would rather be “friendly” with Russia so both countries “can go and knock out ISIS together” along with other allies.

“I never met Putin. I don’t know who Putin is. He said one nice thing about me. He said I’m a genius. I said thank you very much to the newspaper, and that was the end of it. I never met Putin,” Trump said.


A reporter asked if Trump would treat Putin “as an adversary or an ally” if he became president.

“I would treat Vladimir Putin firmly, but there’s nothing I can think of that I’d rather do than have Russia friendly as opposed to the way they are right now, so that we can go and knock out ISIS together with other people and with other countries,” Trump said.

“Wouldn’t it be nice if we actually got along with people? Wouldn’t it be nice if we actually got along as an example with Russia?” he asked. “I’m all for it, and let’s go get ISIS, because we have to get ISIS, and we have to get them fast.

Trump pointed to the recent terrorist attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, including the slaying of a priest inside a church in France.

As previously reported, ISIS claimed responsibility for two of its “soldiers” slitting the throat of 84-year-old priest, Rev. Jacques Hamel.

“You saw what happened with the priest. It’s only going to get worse,” Trump said.

“It’s only going to get worse, and it’s going to start getting bad in our country. We’re letting people come in by the tens of thousands,” he said, referring to the Syrian refugees, which Trump said are not being properly vetted.

“We have no idea who they are, where they come from, where their documentation is,” Trump said.

Trump said France is not like it used to be, given the recent spate of terrorist attacks in the country.

“France is no longer France. They won’t like me for saying that, but you see what happened in Nice,” Trump said, referring to theterrorist attack that killed 84 people and injured 200 more on Bastille Day.

“You see what happened yesterday with the priest who was supposed to be a spectacular man. France is no longer France, and this world better be very careful, and they better get very tough and very smart,” Trump added.

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