Listen to the October 2016 Interview:
During the final days of the election in October 2016, Donald Trump told Savage he would be willing to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin before Inauguration Day if he is elected president.
“Putin has no respect at all for Obama. And I think that you have potentially a really catastrophic situation here, I’ll be honest with you,” Trump told host Michael Savage during an interview. “I will say this, if I win on November 8th … I think I could see myself meeting with Putin and meeting with Russia prior to the start of the administration. I think it would be wonderful.”
Trump said that U.S.-Russian relations are at their worst point since the Cold War and blamed Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for the frosty relationship.
“The problem is Putin has no respect for Obama, at all, doesn’t like him and doesn’t respect him. And Obama doesn’t like Putin. They have a great dislike for each other,” Trump said. “They insult him constantly. I mean, no wonder he can’t stand Obama and Hillary Clinton.”