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Published on Jul 31, 2016
Donald Trump appears either unfamiliar with Russia’s annexation of Crimea or directly supportive of the intrusion that began in the winter of 2014, further chilled U.S.-Russian relations and has left thousands dead (http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/l...).
In a conversation about Trump’s nebulous relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin during an interview with ABC’s “This Week” on 31 July 2016, Trump said that the people of Russia-annexed Crimea appear to want to remain under Russia's control – and that a President Trump would "look at" whether the U.S. would recognize Russian control of the territory.
Trump also said that if he's elected president he will make sure Russian President Vladimir Putin makes no further incursions into Ukraine: "He's not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you understand," Trump said on "This Week." "You can mark it down. You can put it down.”
Asked further about Russia's current presence in Ukraine, of which Crimea is part, Trump then acknowledged Russia was already in Ukraine "in a certain way."
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign mocked Trump's responses, especially his claim that there would not be any Russian invasion of Ukraine.
"What is he talking about? Russia is already in Ukraine," said Clinton senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan. "Does he not know that? What else doesn’t he know?"