Donald Trump floated the idea on Monday of meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin “prior to the start of my administration,” showing little concern that the gesture would provide a political opening for Hillary Clinton.
Trump was asked by radio host Michael Savage on Monday how he would avert world war with the Russians. While the Republican nominee did not get into specifics, he said part of the problem right now is that America’s leaders insult Putin too much.
“They insult him constantly, no wonder he can’t stand Obama and Hillary Clinton,” said Trump, who has been heavily criticized for appearing to cozy up to the Russian leader and encouraging their hacking activities. Trump also claimed that Russia’s nuclear capacity is “so far ahead” of the United States.