Trump hinted at the need to improve relations with Russia on the campaign trail, even has his administration would increase tensions with Moscow through new sanctions, diplomatic expulsions, and a NATO military buildup on Russia’s western borders.
President Trump took aim at his ‘Russiagate’ critics on Saturday, tweeting that he has been “FAR tougher on Russia” than his predecessors, including Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, but adding that he fully expects to see “good relations” between the US and Russia “someday.”
I have been FAR tougher on Russia than Obama, Bush or Clinton. Maybe tougher than any other President. At the same time, & as I have often said, getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. I fully expect that someday we will have good relations with Russia again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 12 января 2019 г.
The president tweeted the remark after taking aim at the “Failing New York Times” and “the corrupt former leaders of the FBI,” who reportedly opened a probe to find out if Trump was “secretly working on behalf of Russia” after he fired director James Comey.