Trump on asking Putin to extradite Russian hackers: 'I hadn't thought of that'
Donald Trump's still-inexplicable meeting with Russian kleptocrat Vladimir Putin is nearly upon us and Donald, who is once again spending the weekend at one of his own golf resorts (in Scotland, this time), continues to Not Give A Particular Damn about the defining feature of that relationship: The Putin government's aggressive acts to elevate Donald Trump to the American presidency over his opponent.
He continues to express both indifference to the indictment of specific Russian military officers involved in the plot and brush off the intervention as something that happened before he, Donald Trump, became president.
JEFF GLOR: The Russians who were indicted, would you ask Putin to- to send them here?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well I might. I hadn't thought of that. But I certainly, I'll be asking about it. But again, this was during the Obama administration. They were doing whatever it was during the Obama administration. And I heard that they were trying, or people were trying, to hack into the RNC too. The Republican National Committee. [...]
Trump was briefed on the upcoming indictment of Russian officials «earlier in the week», according to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, so the White House has had, at minimum, days to formulate a response. Trump, however, allows that the White House hasn't «thought of that» at all, before immediately shifting into his standard refrain of well-gosh all that naughty stuff happened during the Obama administration, I don't see what the Russian hacking efforts aimed at tipping the scales of the election towards me has to do with me.
As to the more general question of Trump's mood towards Russia and its attacks on this nation, he continues to be consistent; if Russia is a «foe», it's not quite as much of a foe as the rest of Europe.
Well I think we have a lot of foes. I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now you wouldn't think of the European Union but they're a foe. Russia is foe in certain respects. China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe. But that doesn't mean they are bad. It doesn't mean anything. It means that they are competitive.
“It doesn’t mean anything” may be the most lasting motto of the Trump administration. If we’re lucky, that is.