Trump Says He'll 'Get Along Fine' With Putin

The Republican candidate for president is interviewed on "This Week."
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Let's move on to Vladimir Putin, you got that praise from Vladimir Putin. You called it a great honor. He backs our adversaries, like Iran and he invades Ukraine. I have been an extremely successful dealmaker. I know people, because deals are people. I think I'll get along for the good of our country, this is what I want -- make America great again -- I believe I'll get along fine with Putin and other leaders. Obama doesn't get along with Putin. Putin can't stand our president, and it's causing us difficulty, and frankly, and I said it a long time ago, if Russia wants to bomb the hell out of Isis and join us in that effort, I'm fine with that. I think that's an asset not a liability. If Putin respects me and if Putin wants to call me brilliant and other things that he said that were frankly very nice, I'll accept that and I'll accept it on the behalf of our country. If we get along well with Russia that's a positive thing not a negative thing. You want to get along well with Putin, you seem to be alienating our allies. You said that Angela Merkel is ruining Germany and here's what David Cameron had to say about your proposal to ban muslims. I think Donald Trump's remarks are divisive, stupid and wrong. Is it wise to be praising our adversaries and alienating our allies? George, I know you're having fun. And so am I, if you want to know the truth. The fact is, we have a problem, George, you don't have to admit it, because you want to be politically correct all the time, you don't have to admit it. We have the problem and the problem is a very serious problem, you have radicalization of people that happen to be islamic and you have the radical islamic terrorism problem that our president doesn't even want to mention, he doesn't want to use those three words and because he's not mentioning it we're never going to solve it. Unless you know what the problem is you can't solve it. So, we have a serious, serious problem, where you look at what happened in California last week, you look at people flying airplanes into the world trade center, you look at many other things that have been happening not only in this country but around the world, including in Paris, there's a problem that you have to address. If you don't address it, the problem is just going to worse and worse. People now what was going on in California. Other people, outsiders, friends of theirs, knew what was going on in Paris. They didn't turn them in. They should turn them in. I agree with you. With attitudes like yours, people won't turn them in, people are just going to go along, we have to solve a very serious problem, and if you don't want to talk about it, that's your problem not mine. One final question on Vladimir Putin, when you were pressed about his killing of journalists you said, our country does plenty of killing. I think Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state made some horrible, horrible decisions, and thousands and thousands and even hundreds of thousands of people have been killed. You look at what what went on in Libya. You look at so many bad decisions she made -- she's incompetent. That's not killing by the United States government, though, is it? That's not the same as ordering a killing. As far as the reporters are concerned, obviously, I don't want that to happen. I think it's horrible, but in all fairness to Putin, you're saying he killed people, I haven't seen that. Have you been able to prove that? Do you know the names of reporters that he's killed? Because I -- you have been hearing this. I haven't seen the name. Now, I think it was despicable if that took place. But I haven't seen any evidence that he killed anybody in materials of reporters. Here's what Mitt Romney tweeted, there's an important distinction here, thug Putin kills journalists and opponents, our presidents kill terrorists and enemy combatants. Does he know for a fact that he kills reporters? It's possible that he does. I don't think it's been proven. Has anybody proven that he's killed reporters? -- There have been many allegations -- Sure, there are allegations. I have read those allegations over the years. But nobody's proven that he's killed anybody. As far as I'm concerned. So, what killing has the United States government done? Excuse me, George, let me finish. If he has killed reporters, that's terrible. He's always denied it. It's never been proven that he's killed anybody. You're supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, at Ast in our country. He's not proven that he's killed reporters. But, then, you said, I think our country does plenty of killing, too, what killing are you talking about that? Take a look at what we're doing in the middle east. We went into Iraq, we shouldn't have. I was opposed of going into Iraq in 2003/2004. There were headlines in reuters, trump is opposed to the war. Because you'll destabilize the middle east and Iran will take over. Very simple, Iran will take over Iraq. That's exactly what's happened. On top of that, we have Isis. Which is another problem and another complicating factor. Now, we should have never gone into Iraq. When we left, we made a mistake. We made a big mistake with Libya, we destabilized all of these places. We now have a migration with thousands and hundreds of people -- even millions of people that don't know where they're going. It's a terrible thing. We have been run by incompetent people, incompetent politicians. That's probably why I'm leading so high in the polls. Because people are tired of seeing very, very stupid and very, very incompetent people of running our country into the ground. In the meantime, we owe in the meantime, we owe $19 trillion. We better get our act together fast because our country is going down if we don't. Your comments seem to suggest a moral equivalence of united States to Russia. Is that what you believe? I'm not saying anything. When you say a man has killed reporters I'd like you to prove it. I have never seen any information or any proof that he killed reporters, George, you're just saying, he killed reporters. You and other people tell me he killed reporters. I don't know that. I haven't seen it. If he did it's despicable. It's horrible. But you're making these accusations, and I don't see any proof. By the way, he totally denied that he killed reporters. I'm still waiting for ed that we have been directly involve involved in killing people as well. Take a look at -- excuse me, take a look at the rampage all over the place. We spent $2 trillion, okay, thousands of hundreds of people killed, we have lost thousands and thousands of our great young people soldiers. 2 trillion deaths, wounded warriors, we have nothing, and Iran is now taking over Iraq with the second largest oil reserves in the world. I said when you got out, take the oil. I have been saying that for four years to you and others. We were so incompetent, we didn't get the oil. Isis got a lot of the oil. Now, Iran is taking the rest of it. They're getting the lion share, because we don't know what we're doing. We're run by people that don't have a clue. And Iran has been backed by Vladimir Putin. Final question about Iowa, "The New York times" has a story -- this morning. Excuse me, Iran has been backed by us. You know why, because we made one of the dumbest deals in the history of dealmaking when we gave them a $150 billion, we have 24-day inspections which don't start for a long time. They can self-inspect, and we don't get our prisoners back. We let Iran become, it's a terror nation, and we let Iran become very powerful. By the way, they don't need to create nuclear because they're now so rich they go out and buy it directly. So, we're the ones that have really empowered Iran not Russia. But we, through sheer stupidity of a deal, we're are the ones that truly empowered Iran. It's a disgrace. We've empowered Iran more than Russia has? George, we just made one of the worst deals I have ever seen in dealmaking. I'm not talking between nations. We don't even get our prisoners back, and now after the deal is made, they want to start talking as a new deal to get our prisoners back and they want a lot for the prisoners, for the four prisoners. Russia is part of that deal as well. Hey, you know why, because Russia is making a lot of money with the deal, because they're selling missiles and other military armaments to Iran. Because they're smart. You know what we're getting from that deal? Nothing. Russia should want them to make the deal because Russia's selling armaments, and beautiful new, modern missiles. They're selling them to Iran because our people don't know what they're doing. Of course, Russia wanted that deal to be made because they're making -- Russia is a negotiator with us at the table. Russia wanted Iran to make that deal. Because they wanted Iran to have a lot of money so that Russia could take some of that money away from Iran because Russia is selling them tremendous Numbers of missiles and armaments. So, Russia, if I was Russia I would have wanted that deal done, too, the money by the United States run by incompetent, given to Iran, lot of that money is going to Russia and other countries to buy armaments. I do that. I'm afraid that's all the time we have time for. Thank you, Mr. Trump.

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