President Trump blasted former President Obama as a “patsy for Russia” in a new interview released Thursday.
Trump claimed in an interview with CNBC that he has been “far tougher on Russia than any president in many, many years, maybe ever.”
“Look at the sanctions I put on, look at the diplomats I threw out. … Nobody else did what I’ve done,” Trump said.
“Obama didn’t do it. Obama was a patsy for Russia, he was a total patsy,” he continued.
Trump referenced a 2012 statement by Obama, when he was caught on a hot mic telling then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that he would “have more flexibility” after the 2012 presidential election to negotiate with Russia on missile defense.
Trump called Obama’s comments “stupid,” adding, “nobody does a big deal about that.”
“Getting along with President Putin, getting along with Russia’s positive not a negative,” Trump said. “Now, that being said, if that doesn’t work out I’ll be the worst enemy he’s ever had — the worst he’s ever had.”