Putin on US election: Trump ran a better campaign, plain and simple
“We did not hack the election at all,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin to “Snowden” director Oliver Stone in the fourth and final part of Showtime’s fascinating series, “The Putin Interviews.”
The Russian leader was more fiery than ever in a conversation that took place in February of this year — after Donald Trump had been inaugurated and after conspiracy theories about Russia’s potential hacking of the presidential election became the favorite expression of upset over the election results among Democrats and the media.
“Certainly, we liked President Trump and we still like him because he publicly announced that he was ready to restore American-Russian relations,” said Putin when Stone asked him about the new American president.
Of a statement Hillary Clinton made in which she blamed Putin and Russia for the outcome of the election, Putin said, “This is a very silly statement.”
Throughout the time viewers have seen Putin conversing with Stone, he has been calm and collected. It seemed nothing could inspire him to raise his voice or get offended. That changed somewhat when he talked about the American media painting him as a villain.
“It would be hard to imagine any other country — even a country such as Russia — would be capable of seriously influencing the electoral campaign or the outcome of the election,” said Putin. “And some hackers indeed revealed problems that existed within the Democratic Party, but I don’t think that it has influenced in any serious manner either the electoral campaign or its outcome.”
Putin continued by pointing out that Donald Trump ran a better campaign than Clinton, plain and simple. “Judging from everything, the American people have been waiting for some serious change,” he said, adding that “security, unemployment, jobs” and “traditional values” were on the minds of American voters in 2016.
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