Trump: "President Obama Gave Away Crimea" Because Putin Didn't Respect Obama

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President Trump speaks about relations with Russia and his comment that the G7 should once again include Russia and become the G8.

Trump said it was "possible" he might meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin this summer, but the issue only came up because he was asked a question about it.

"A few years ago, Putin was in what was called the G8, I think it is better to have Russia in than Russia out," Trump said. "Just so you understand, President Obama lost Crimea. Just so you understand, this was long before I got there, I just want to make it so the fake news prints it properly."





"it is his fault, yes. His fault. Just so you understand, because Putin didn't respect President Obama. President Obama lost Crimea because President Putin didn't respect President Obama, didn't respect our country, and didn't respect Ukraine."

"President Obama gave away-- by not going across that Red Line in the sand he drew, I crossed it with the 59 missile hits. But President Obama gave away not going across that Red Line, nobody even knows," the president said. "one more time. President Obama gave away Crimea, that never should have happened."

QUESTION: Are you planning to meet with Putin this summer?

TRUMP: It's possible that we'll meet, yeah.

I -- I thought -- you know, this all started because somebody, one of you, asked, "Should Putin be in the G-7?" I said, "No, he should be in the G-8."

A few years ago, Putin was in what was called the G-8. I think it's better to have Russia in, than -- than to have Russia out, because just like North Korea, just like somebody else, it's much better if we get along with them, than if we don't. So it's possible.

(CROSSTALK)

TRUMP: Just so you understand -- no, no, President Obama lost Crimea, just so you understand. This was long before I got there. Just -- I want to make it so the fake news prints it properly: President Obama lost Crimea.

(CROSSTALK)

QUESTION: So it's his fault?

TRUMP: Wait, wait. Yeah, it's his fault, yeah, yeah.

(CROSSTALK)

TRUMP: It's his fault. Yeah. It's his fault. TRUMP: The president -- just so you under -- because -- because Putin didn't respect President Obama. President Obama lost Crimea because President Putin didn't respect President Obama, didn't respect our country, and didn't respect Ukraine.

QUESTION: Were you...

TRUMP: But President Obama, not Trump -- when it's my fault, I'll tell you. But President Obama gave away -- now President Obama by not going across the red line in the sand that he drew -- I went across it with the 59 missile hits. But President Obama when he didn't go across the red line, what he gave away nobody even knows.

(CROSSTALK)

TRUMP: One more time, President Obama gave away Crimea. That should have never happened.

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