Ambassador Jon Huntsman: ‘Highly Unlikely’ Trump Would Recognize Russia’s Annexation of Crimea


U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman said this morning it’s “highly unlikely” President Donald Trump will recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea as a result of the summit with Vladimir Putin.

When Trump was asked about this very issue recently, he blamed his predecessor Barack Obama for letting it happen. At the G-7 summit, he said, “Crimea was let go during the Obama administration. You know Obama can say all he wants, but he allowed Russia to take Crimea. I may have had a much different attitude.”

Chris Wallace brought up to Huntsman the concerns Trump could make “unilateral concessions” without getting much in return, asking, “Can you assure the American people that the President will not recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea, that he will not pull U.S. troops out of Syria, and that he will do nothing in this meeting to weaken the NATO defense alliance?”

Huntsman said, “The president is chief negotiator, not me. He has a good sense of what these issues are. He has a good sense of where he wants to go.”

He did not directly address Wallace’s question, and Wallace immediately followed up by asking, “You can’t rule out the possibility he might recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea?”

“Highly unlikely,” the ambassador responded. “Crimea was a violation of international law, we all recognize that. That’s U.S. policy… A violation of international law. Not only for us, but for the Europeans as well. These are very, very serious issues and issues that we have some serious sanctions tied to, by the way.”

You can watch the video above, via Fox News Sunday.

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