Since Donald Trump was elected to be the next President of the United States last month, many have argued that Russian interference played a significant factor in his loss to Hillary Clinton. Based on vague comments made by the FBI and CIA, some, especially on the left have tried to dismiss the contents of information from WikiLeaks as having been obtained by the Russian government.
Although this type of speculation has been ongoing even before the election, especially since Trump actually won the talk has been increasing. Initially, some even argued that Russians may have hacked into voting machines on election day, to cast more vote for the Republican, Trump, than for Hillary Clinton. But after millions of dollars was raised to recount in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, it was determined that there was no rigging at all in place. In fact, Clinton actually came out further behind Trump than before.
Since then, Russian President Vladmir Putin has largely abstained from discussing the subject. But recently in a news conference he was willing to weigh in on the situation and discuss the American response to everything.
“The current administration and the leadership of the Democratic Party are trying to blame all their failures on external factors,”
“(We are talking about) a party which has clearly forgotten the original meaning of its own name. They (the Democrats) are losing on all fronts and looking elsewhere for things to blame. In my view this, how shall I say it, degrades their own dignity. You have to know how to lose with dignity.”
These comments certainly will continue to raise red flags, especially for those who were strong supporter of Secretary Clinton. Putin went on to dismiss the allegations against the Russian government regarding potentially intervening in the American election. He continued to say the allegations represent the current Administration’s issues domestically.
The Russian President had put Trump in a positive light on numerous occasions, both before and after the election. He stated that those in Moscow had in fact anticipated his election, as he seemed to understand the true issues which were plaguing the minds of American voters.
“Trump understood the mood of the people and kept going until the end, when nobody believed in him,” He added, “Except for you and me.”
Additionally, Putin added he would be willing to make a visit to the United States should he be invited by the President-elect. He is looking forward to normalized relations between the two nations.