In an interview with the Sunday Times, the president-elect has avoided answering directly on who he trusts more between Vladimir Putin, Russian President, or German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.
He said he will trust both initially. “Well, I start off trusting both — but let’s see how long that lasts.” He added, “It may not last long at all.”
The interview also saw him declare that Britain leaving the EU was positive and that NATO was obsolete. A claim he has made previously.
Merkel Made a Catastrophic Mistake
Turning his attention to Mrs Merkel’s policies, he criticised her decision for allowing large numbers of refugees following the crisis in Syria. He said he had a “great respect” for the German leader but she had made a “catastrophic mistake.”
Mr Trump went on saying that one result of the mistake could be the Christmas market terror attack carried out by a Tunisian man.
Possible Deal with Russia
He went on to say that he would review sanctions against Russia, possibly reducing or removing them if the country reduces the number of nuclear weapons it has. He said, “For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that’s part of it.
“But Russia’s hurting very badly right now because of sanctions, but I think something can happen that a lot of people are gonna benefit.”
The president-elect, however, did criticise Russia’s involvement in the Syrian crisis, saying, “It’s a very bad thing, we had a chance to do something when we had the line in the sand and… nothing happened.
“Aleppo was nasty. I mean when you see them shooting old ladies walking out of town — they can’t even walk and they’re shooting ’em — it almost looks like they’re shooting ’em for sport — ah no, that’s… a terrible situation.”