President Trump at a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said nobody is tougher on Russia than him. He said no matter what he does, it's "never tough enough" for the media because that is their "narrative."
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We'll do sanctions as soon as they very much deserve it. We will have a -- that is a question. There's been nobody tougher on Russia than President Donald Trump.
Between building up the military, between creating tremendous vast amounts of oil. We raised billions and billions of dollars extra in NATO. We had a very very severe, we were talking about it a little, fight in Syria recently. A month ago. Between our troops and Russian troops and that's very sad.
But many people died in that fight. There has been nobody tougher than me. With the media, no matter what I did, it's never tough enough because that's their narrative. But Russia will tell you there has been nobody tougher than Donald Trump.
And then the other night we had a strike in Syria which was absolute precision. I leave it with this, with all of that said, if we can get along with China and if we can get along with Russia and if we can get along with Japan and other nations that's a good thing not a bad thing. Just remember that. If we got along with other nations, that's good not bad.
Full press conference: