improve ties in order to avoid a nuclear holocaust, U.S. President
Donald Trump has claimed.
Trump accused the “dishonest media”
of risking an all-out nuclear war by jeopardizing his attempts to
boost Moscow-Washington relations.
reporting by the media, by you people, the false, horrible fake
reporting makes it much harder to make a deal with Russia,” he told
journalists at an impromptu White House press conference on Thursday.
“It would be much easier for me to be so tough [on Russia.] But you
know what? I want to do the right thing for the American people.”
“We’re a very powerful nuclear
country and so [is Russia],” Trump told reporters. “I’ve been briefed. I can tell you one
thing … [a] nuclear holocaust would be like no other. They’re a
very powerful nuclear country, and so are we. If we have a good
relationship with Russia — believe me — that’s a good thing, not
a bad thing,” he said.
even claimed that he was prepared to spare a Russian spy vessel
positioned 30 miles off the U.S. Coast in order to preserve links with
the greatest thing I could do is shoot that ship that’s 30 miles
offshore right out of the water,” he said. “Everyone in this country is
going to say, oh, it’s so great. That’s not great.”
Trump administration is facing increasing media scrutiny following
reports that top members of the president’s campaign team were in
“constant touch” with Kremlin officials before he was elected.
House Security Advisor Michael Flynn handed in his resignation on
Monday after reports that he discussed sanctions with Russia’s U.S.
ambassador before Trump took office.
used the press conference as an opportunity to deny the allegations,
telling reporters that he “didn’t do anything for Russia.”
had Hillary Clinton try and do a reset [with Russia under the Obama
administration]. We had Hillary Clinton give Russia 20 percent of the
uranium in our country. You know what uranium is, right?” he said. “A
thing called nuclear weapons and other things like lots of things that
are done with uranium including some bad things. Nobody talks about
during her time in government. She was in office between 2009 and 2013,
when Russia’s atomic energy agency, Rosatom, purchased a majority
stake in a Canadian company called Uranium One.
firm holds assets involved in mining uranium in the United States,
accounting for 20 percent of the country’s uranium production capacity.