MSNBC revealed a three-year-old interview on Friday that shows Donald Trump bragging about his relationship with Russian president, Vladimir Putin.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been under the microscope in the last week for his ties to Vladimir Putin, the Russian president. Trump has been accused of being complicit after it was discovered that the emails, chats, and databases had been hacked by Russian intelligence agency subcontractors. The #DNCLeak embroiled the Democratic Party in controversy, causing the resignation of Democratic National Committee chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and nearly destroying any possibility of cooperation between Bernie Sanders supporters and Hillary Clinton supporters.
Trump also inferred that he would like Putin to orchestrate the hacking of more of Hillary Clinton’s emails, playing on the fears and resentment of hold-out right-wingers that insist that several expensive investigations into any wrong doing on the part of Clinton in the use of a private email servers just isn’t good enough to satisfy them, despite the same method being used by their own Secretaries of State, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice.
Trump has now said he doesn’t actually know Putin, has nothing to do with Putin, and has no relationship with Putin. He claims that he was being “sarcastic” when he suggested Russian-sponsored hackers should continue to commit espionage if it improved his chance in the election. He recently told CBS4 News in Miami that he has no ties to Russia.
‘I never met Putin. I don’t know who Putin is. He said one nice thing about me — he said I’m a genius.’
But MSNBC has just revealed an interview from 2013 that shows that Trump does know Putin and knew that the Russian leader was aware of his movements. Trump spoke with MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts before the Miss Universe pageant being held in Moscow. Trump told Roberts:
‘I do have a relationship, and I can tell you that he’s very interested in what we’re doing here today. He’s probably very interested in what you and I are saying today, and I’m sure he’s going to be seeing it in some form. But I do have a relationship with him, and I think it’s very interesting to see what’s happened. He’s done a very brilliant job in terms of what he represents and who he’s representing.’
Trump campaign surrogate Boris Epshteyn denied any links with Vladimir Putin and talked with Roberts on MSNBC to explain:
‘Of course the Russian president would notice that somebody of that stature was in Moscow,’
Watch Epsheteyn backpedal and distract in the video below.