(Kaitlan Collins, The Daily Caller) – Donald Trump said U.S. relations with Russia are at an all time low and admitted it’s possible the country knew in advance of the chemical attack in Syria that left at least 80 people dead.
In a press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House Wednesday, the president said it was “possible, but not likely” that the Russian government played a role in covering up the Syrian regime’s culpability in the attack.
“I’ll be speaking with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a little while,” Trump said. “I think he had a very successful meeting with Russia. We’ll see the end result — the end result is the most important, not just the talk. It would be wonderful if NATO and our country can get along with Russia. Right now, we are not getting along at all. We may be at an all time low. Vladimir Putin is the leader of Russia. They are a very strong country, but we are also a strong country. We are going to see how that all works out.”
Senior administration officials said Tuesday that Russia “has clear campaign to obfuscate nature of attacks, attackers, and what has happened” in Syria since 2013. When asked if his views of Putin have changed, Trump said, “We are going to see.”