President Trump, never one to be far from Twitter, Thursday posted a clip of Hillary Clinton promoting a “prosperous, stable Russia.”
“We want very much to have a strong Russia because a strong, competent, prosperous, stable Russia is, we think, in the interests of the world,” she says.
“Will the Dems and the Fake News every learn? This is classic!” Trump tweeted.
The needling comes amid a flood of criticism of his handling of this week’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Critics have gone so far as to threaten to subpoena to Congress the translator who was in the one-on-one between the two leaders.
Clinton’s comments date back to 2010. She was on First Channel Television, which is owned, partly, by the Russian government.
Actor James Woods, a Trump supporter, also recently shared the clip, adding his own comment: “Wait. What?”
On Twitter, Hillary Clinton earlier berated the president, asking: “Great World Cup. Question for President Trump as he meets Putin: Do you know which team you play for?”
A post on the Twitter news-aggregating site Twitchy said: “Yeesh. It gets s bit more difficult to complain about a ‘strong Russia’ when you were calling for that very thing.”
The Hill explained she was responding to a question about America’s place in the world.
“Is it a force aimed at supporting the world’s equilibrium? Or is it a force aimed at changing the status quo?” the interviewer, Vladimir Pozner, wondered.
“It’s both in this way, Vladimir. It is a force to sustain an equilibrium that permits countries and individuals to progress, to become more self-realizing,” she replied. “I mean, we want very much to have a strong Russia because a strong, competent, prosperous, stable Russia is, we think, in the interests of the world.”
She continued: “But at the same time, there are countries and places where the status quo is just not acceptable. Last summer, I went to the Democratic Republic of Congo. I went to Eastern Congo where 5.4 million people had been killed in the last 15 years, the greatest death toll since the Second World War. We don’t want that status quo to be sustained.”
Hill said Obama similarly commented in 2009 at the time of the famous “reset” with Russia.