Putin: Trump privately tells me he wants 'disarmament' but has little control over defense budget (VIDEO)
Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down with media outlet TASS in a special “20 questions with Vladimir Putin" series recently. The project is the first of its kind, and will be broadcast all over Russia.
One of the topics that came up naturally was President Donald Trump.
"Donald told me yesterday, they have adopted a huge budget for the next year, a $738 billion budget."
Reporter: Did he brag?
Putin: "No, he said this with regret. He said the costs were too high. But he had to do it. He actually advocated disarmament, as he said."
Ironically, Trump is usually claiming the opposite to the American public. At his rallies he's usually bragging how spending more on defense is a good thing, let alone disarmament.
At this year's State of the Union address, Trump praised the buildup of the military:
“To safeguard American Liberty, we have invested a record-breaking $2.2 trillion in the United States military,” he said. “We have purchased the finest planes, missiles, rockets, ships, and every other form of military equipment — all made in the United States of America.”
Putin went on to say that Russia has no intention of fighting against anyone, but that rather the aim of its military development was "to create conditions so that nobody wants to fight against us." He then compared his country's spending to that of the rest of the world.
"Today we rank seventh as far as arms spending goes. The U.S. has outstripped us."
Putin said that Russia has spent most of its history trying to catch up to other weapons creators, but this time around things are different.
"For the first time, we have created such offensive strike systems which the world has never seen."