President Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted a partial video clip of Hillary Clinton talking about a “strong Russia” while she was serving as Secretary of State.
“This is classic!” Trump said, implying that Democrats’ anti-Russia position was somehow hypocritical.
Will the Dems and Fake News ever learn? This is classic! pic.twitter.com/kSX3ROI4QG
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2018
“We want very much to have a strong Russia because a strong, confident, prosperous, stable Russia is, we think, in the interests of the world,” Clinton said in the clip.
The president’s attempted swipe at his 2016 rival was met with immediate pushback by Clinton, who responded with a video of her warning Americans about Trump’s dangerously subordinate relationship with Russia.
“That’s a clip from when Medvedev was president,” Clinton replied in a tweet.
That’s a clip from when Medvedev was president. Here’s what I said about Putin’s Russia. pic.twitter.com/a0bIeg1kZ4
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 19, 2018
“What’s most striking about all of this, I would argue most important voters to consider, is the relationship between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin,” the former secretary said in 2016. “Putin is a trained intelligence officer from the old KGB. He knows he can use flattery to get into Donald’s head, to make him a Kremlin puppet. And it seems to be working.”
In the excerpt shared by the president, Clinton was responding to a question about “America’s place in the modern world.”
“Is it a force aimed at supporting the world’s equilibrium? Or is it a force aimed at changing the status quo?” Russian-American journalist Vladimir Pozner asked Clinton in a 2010 interview.
Not once did Clinton concede anything to Putin.
“It’s both in this way, Vladimir. It is a force to sustain an equilibrium that permits countries and individuals to progress, to become more self-realizing,” Clinton replied. “I mean, we want very much to have a strong Russia because a strong, competent, prosperous, stable Russia is, we think, in the interests of the world.”
But at the same time, there are countries and places where the status quo is just not acceptable. Last summer, I went to the Democratic Republic of Congo. I went to Eastern Congo where 5.4 million people had been killed in the last 15 years, the greatest death toll since the second world war. We don’t want that status quo to be sustained.
You can watch the entire interview here:
Twitter also fired back at Trump for spreading “fake news.”
Excellent! Hit back more often!
— William Hovard (@HovardWilliam) July 20, 2018
People are exaseperated with Trump.
Donald trump is a traitor to the American people and to the Constitution of the United States. Hilary Clinton would have been a great president. What a loss for this country. #TraitorTrump
— Trink (@CujoChihuahua) July 20, 2018
I so wish that you were in your rightful place in our White House, Hillary. Why on earth is the clown prince being allowed to run our country, our laws, our democracy, into the ground? We need you!
— #VoteForJoetrumpMustGo (@americananonna) July 20, 2018
Gosh @realDonaldTrump , this classy woman has just put you where you belong. How did she do that? She showed you factual information.
Not the heavily edited, garbage attacks, you come up with.
Kinda stings, doesn’t it?
— Evil Monkey (@Tirksnarfigular) July 20, 2018
Thank you Hillary
— Nancy Simon (@dogluv20) July 20, 2018
love U! sad the traitor-in-chief stole the election w the help of America's sworn enemy but Im hoping U change ur mind & run in 2020 U will B the ultimite come back kid! U deserve it since U already won 3 million more votes than the guy who cheated his way into the White House!
— Thaddius Novack (@Thaddius72) July 20, 2018
She’s still slapping you down like the puppet you are!!! pic.twitter.com/0Bp8hWycYv
— swg2507 (@swg2507) July 20, 2018
Clinton famously referred to Trump as a “puppet” during the third presidential debate in 2016.