For months Hillary Clinton has harped on the unfounded notion that Donald Trump has close ties to Russia and Vladimir Putin with the insinuation that such a relationship would cause a conflict of interest if he were to become president.
The same Russia, she insists, is attempting to sabotage her campaign by being responsible for the Wikileaks hacked document releases.
Now, according to some of the documents released by Wikileaks, it appears that it is Clinton who has the cozy relationship with Russia and its leader.
After leaving her position as secretary of state Clinton gave several speeches in which she described Putin as a “very interesting conversationalist” and bragged that she had been invited into his “private inner sanctum” to discuss conservation of wildlife.
“I said, ‘You know, Mr. Prime Minister, we actually have some things in common. We both want to protect wildlife, and I know how committed you are to protecting the tiger,’” Clinton told Jewish United Fund Of Metropolitan Chicago in 2013. “I mean, all of a sudden, he sat up straight and his eyes got big and he goes, ‘You care about the tiger? I said, ‘I care about the tiger, I care about the elephant, I care about the rhinoceros, I care about the whale.’”
Clinton went on to brag about how close she got with the Russian president.
“So we go down the stairs, we go down this long hall, we go into this private inner sanctum. All of his, you know, very beefy security guys are there, they all jump up at attention, you know, they punch a code, he goes through a heavily-armed door,” she added. “And then we’re in an inner, inner sanctum with, you know, just this long, wooden table, and then further back, there’s a desk and the biggest map of Russia I ever saw. And he starts talking to me about, you know, the habitat of the tigers and the habitat of the seals and the whales.”
In May of 2013 in remarks to Sanford Bernstein Clinton said she wasn’t concerned with Putin building Russia’s military.
“I last saw [Putin] in Vladivostok where I represented President Obama in September for the Asia Pacific economic community,” she said according to the Wikileaks documents. “I sat next to him. He’s an engaging and, you know, very interesting conversationalist. We talked about a lot of issues that were not the hot-button issues between us, you know, his view on missile defense, which we think is misplaced because, you know, we don’t believe that there will be a threat from Russia, but we think that both Russia and the United States are going to face threats from their perimeter, either from rogue states like Iran or from terrorist groups, that’s not the way he sees it.”
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