Blunt Warns About Trump’s Summits With Kim Jong Un and Putin: ‘They’re Very Cold-Blooded, Calculating’
As U.S. summit talks with Russia draw closer, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) cautioned that President Donald Trump should remember Russian President Vladimir Putin is not his friend.
“I think it’s fine to talk to the Russians, but the president should clearly understand that neither the Russians nor dictators like Kim Jong Un are going to be charmed by anybody,” Blunt told NBC’s Chuck Todd during Meet the Press Sunday. “They are very cold-blooded, calculating. Putin would be in that category.”
Todd noted that during his meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Trump made more concessions than expected, backing down on routine military exercises with the South Korean army. Now, questions have arisen over the fate of Crimea following Russia’s annexation of the peninsula.
On whether that land will be handed over to Putin, Blunt said, “I would hope not.”
However, the senator expressed confidence that Trump has a strong group of advisers.
“I think he surrounded himself with a pretty good team,” he said, adding that “they’re all giving him the right kind of advice.”
“I think he’s comfortable with the team he’s put around himself for the first time in his presidency, and hopefully, that will show up in these talks,” he concluded.
Watch the clip above, via NBC.
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