Trump says he would trust RUSSIA over the ‘sleezebags’ and ‘lowlifes’ in US intelligence as he wishes Biden good look in his meeting with Putin next week and tells him not to ‘fall asleep’
- Biden is on an eight-day swing through Europe and is due to meet the Russian president in Geneva on Wednesday
- Trump met Putin in Helsinki in 2018, triggering a storm of criticism after accepting the Russian president’s election interference denials
- Even so, Trump offered Biden the benefit of his experience
- ‘The United States won much, including the respect of President Putin and Russia,’ he claimed
- And he advised Biden not to fall asleep in the meeting
Former President Trump wished President Biden luck when he meets Russian President Vladimir Putin next week, claiming his own Helsinki summit had delivered a win for America.
‘Good luck to Biden in dealing with President Putin—don’t fall asleep during the meeting, and please give him my warmest regards,’ Trump said in an emailed statement.
During the election campaign, Trump dubbed his rival ‘Sleepy Joe.’
Biden spent his first full day on a European tour meeting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday.
He is due to spend the next week meeting world leaders before sitting down with Putin on Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland.
In a cheeky message, former President Donald Trump offered President Biden the benefit of his wisdom after meeting President Putin in 2018. ‘Don’t fall asleep during the meeting, and please give him my warmest regards,’ he said.
Trump was roundly condemned for accepting Putin’s denials of election interference. US intelligence agencies believed the Kremlin worked to tilt the election in Trump’s favor as the least threatening candidate to their interests
Biden is on an eight-day swing through Europe and is due to meet Putin in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday after meeting G7, NATO and European Union leaders
White House officials have not yet said whether the two leaders will hold a joint press conference.
In 2018, Trump told reporters he accepted Putin’s denial his country interfered in the 2016 election, sending officials into damage limitation mode.
‘As president, I had a great and very productive meeting in Helsinki, Finland, with President Putin of Russia,’ said Trump in his message.
‘Despite the belated Fake News portrayal of the meeting, the United States won much, including the respect of President Putin and Russia.’
Critics accused Trump of being soft on Putin. Intelligence agencies concluded that the Kremlin sought to tilt the election in Trump’s favor as part of an effort to undermine American democracy and install a weaker leader than Hillary Clinton.
But Trump said it was the meddling of his own country’s investigators that threatened to impede his administration.
‘Because of the phony Russia, Russia, Russia Hoax, made-up and paid for by the Democrats and Crooked Hillary Clinton, the United States was put at a disadvantage—a disadvantage that was nevertheless overcome by me,’ he said.
Biden and his officials have said they see his trip to Europe as a chance to reassert American leadership.
The Bidens spent Thursday with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie in Cornwall, before other G7 leaders were due to arrive
“I’m headed to the G7, then to the NATO ministerial and then to meet with Mr. Putin to let him know what I want him to know,” he said after arriving at RAF Mildenhall in England on Wednesday evening.
That meant not pulling his punches with Putin.
‘We’re not seeking conflict with Russia. We want a stable predictable relationship,’ he said.
‘I’ve been clear: the United States will respond in a robust and meaningful way if the Russian government engages in harmful activities.
‘We’ve already demonstrated that. I’m going to communicate that there are consequences for violating the sovereignty of democracies in the United States and Europe and elsewhere.’
When he sits down with Putin, Biden will privately pressure Putin on everything from attacks by Russian-based hackers on American businesses, to the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and covert efforts by the Kremlin to interfere in elections.