from Rogue Money:
Despite legacy media claims that the two sides are flexing nuclear muscles in Cold War 2.0, with Putin vowing to continue the modernization of Russia’s missile force to defeat any ABM system while Trump tweeted this week that the American atomic arsenal must be upgraded, the two leaders appear off to a friendly start.
Vladimir Putin said today about Hillary and Dems: "In my opinion, it is humiliating. One must be able to lose with dignity." So true!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2016
Trump shares a letter he received from Putin –> pic.twitter.com/aJoSPj36zI
— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) December 23, 2016
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) December 23, 2016
For the full text of the President's annual news conference, go to https://t.co/YzHmIVBbBU
— President of Russia (@KremlinRussia_E) December 23, 2016
During his year end presser, Putin gave Trump credit for his underdog win that stunned the trans-Atlantic press and political class, pointedly adding that the Russians saw DJT’s success coming before the Anglo-American Establishment took The Donald seriously:
“Right up to the end, nobody believed he would win — except us.” He credited Trump’s victory to his ability to keep his “finger on the pulse of the mood of society” adding that Trump “went all the way, even though no one believed that he would win, apart from you and me.”
The Russian president said on Friday he wanted constructive relations with the United States under President-elect Donald Trump.
Putin also acknowledged his own rising support among Republican voters in the US: “I don’t put it down to me, the fact that a large part of Republican voters support the Russian president,” he said. “It means that a large part of the American people have the same idea of how the world should be, of our common dangers and problems.”
Additionally, Putin addressed Trump’s comments about the need to boost the U.S. nuclear arsenal, saying they were perfectly normal. Trump’s comments, made in a tweet on Thursday, seemingly in response to Putin’s own comments earlier in the day. But Putin said he was surprised by the fuss Trump’s tweet had caused and how it had been linked to his own statements about Russia’s plans to modernize its own nuclear arsenal.
Putin said on Thursday Russia’s military was “stronger than any potential aggressor”. He made clear on Friday he did not regard the United States as a potential aggressor.
”I was a bit surprised by the statements from some representatives of the current U.S. administration who for some reason started to prove that the U.S. military was the most powerful in the world,” said Putin.
”Nobody is arguing with that.”
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