United States President Donald Trump has claimed that Russian President Vladamir Putin would have preferred Hillary Clinton as president than himself.
According to CBS News, Mr Trump said in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s Pat Robertson that Russia would have benefitted from Mrs Clinton’s victory because it would weaken the military and increase energy prices.
“If Hillary had won, our military would be decimated. Our energy would be much more expensive” Mr Trump said.
“That’s what Putin doesn’t like about me.”
“That’s why I say why would he want me? Because from day one I wanted a strong military, he doesn’t want to see that. And from day one I want fracking and everything to get energy prices low.
He said Putin would want Hillary where she wants “to have windmills”.
“He would much rather have that because energy prices would go up and Russia as you know relies very much on energy.”
However, United States intelligence concluded earlier this year that Putin organised a campaign to undermine faith in the U.S. election to boost Mr Trump’s election chances.
It comes as Mr Trump’s oldest son Donald Trump Jr is being scrutinised for meeting with a Russian lawyer connected to the Kremlin during the 2016 presidential election campaign.
Trump Jr was told he would receive damaging information on Clinton to aid the senior Trump’s candidacy.
President to Be “Very Angry” if Obamacare Not Repealed
During the interview, Mr Trump also warned he would be disappointed if legislation was not passed to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“I don’t even want to talk about it because I think it would be very bad,” he said
“I will be very angry about it and a lot of people will be very upset.”
Senate Republican leaders will publicly release a revamped version of their healthcare on Thursday (US time) and the White House will expect a full score from the nonpartisan Congressional budget Office on Monday.
The White House also expects the Senate to vote on a motion to proceed on Tuesday and anticipate days of debate and amendment votes.