The latest thing President Donald Trump is blaming his predecessor for is the annexation of Crimea by Russia.
In an interview with Fox News host Bret Baier Wednesday, the president addressed the G-7 meeting and the fact that it was once the G-8 before Russia made the decision to invade their neighbors.
“They expelled Russia and a reporter asked me, ‘Do you think you would be better off with Russia’ and I said absolutely,” Trump said. “We spend probably 25 percent of our time talking about Russia. I said to myself, ‘Wouldn’t it be better if they were here?'”
Trump then went on to say that he would be able to get Putin to listen to him simply by asking the Russian president to “do him a favor” and stop invading other countries.
“I’m not for Russia, I’m for the United States, but as an example, if Vladimir Putin were sitting next to me today instead of one of the others and we were having dinner I could say, ‘Would you do me a favor? Would you get out of Syria? Would you do me a favor, would you get out of Ukraine?'” Trump said.
It is unclear why Trump has not asked the Russian leader to “get out of Syria” or “get out of Crimea.” Indeed, Trump has also not asked Putin to stop trying to infiltrate the 2018 midterm election.
“I think I would probably have a good relationship with him or would be able to talk to him better than if you call somebody on the telephone and talk,” Trump said. “If I’m sitting like I was with the others, new prime minister of Italy, he is a great guy. We had a great relationship. He agrees with me on Putin — by the way, I have to tell you. But this wasn’t anything that was up for a vote.”
Trump went on to say he promises he’s not “sticking up” for Putin, “I’m just saying he didn’t respect our leadership previously. He walked all over them. Look what he did to Obama with Crimea. He took Crimea, he took Ukraine, sections of Ukraine.”
Baier explained it was why he was kicked out of the G-8.
“But he didn’t respect our leadership. He didn’t respect it — but this wasn’t me. People say look what he did. He did it to Obama. Obama should not have allowed that to happen, even with the voter stuff,” Trump said, not clarifying who “people” are. “Supposedly the FBI went to Obama, they told him about it, he didn’t do anything about it.”
In 2016, Daniel Treisman, the director of the Russia Political Insight project, explained that Putin made the move for other reasons and warned it is a good marker for how Putin will likely behave in the future.
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WATCH: Saturday Night Live airs Christmas special — that’s just one giant dig at the Electoral College
NBC's "Saturday Night Live" aired an opening skit that was just one giant attack on the electoral college.
A snowman introduced the segment, saying that we could look in on the holiday table conversation thanks to hacked Nest cams.
The skit featured a house in San Francisco, California, a second in Charleston, South Carolina and a third in Atlanta, Georgia.
Each dinner table debated impeachment, and the differences between President Donald Trump and his predecessor, President Barack Obama.
But then the snowman said that none of their votes matter.
"They'll debate the issues all year long, but then it all comes down to 1,000 people in Wisconsin who won't even think about the election until the morning of," the snowman said. "And that's the magic of the Electoral College."
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Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly resigned in a special city council meeting held on Saturday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Saturday.
"The resignation came just days after Councilman Jim Cleveland resigned saying he‘d rather leave office on his own terms than face voters in a recall election next month," the newspaper reported. "Both resignations follow an AJC investigation launched seven months ago into claims that an African American candidate for city administrator was sidetracked by Mayor Theresa Kenerly because of his race."
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The Democratic National Committee is facing a revolt for the party's 2020 presidential candidates for its restrictive debate rules.
"Nine Democratic presidential candidates, including the party's front-runners, are urging the Democratic National Committee to toss out the current polling and fundraising rules used to determine who appears in televised debates and reopen the exchanges to better reflect the historic diversity of the current field. The candidates say the rules exclude diverse candidates in the field from participating," CBS News reported Saturday evening.