October 30, 2017

Take a look at this interview Trump did with George Stephanopoulis in July of last year.

He's asked point-blank about the weakening of the Ukraine plank in the Republican Platform.

"I wasn't involved with that. I had nothing to do with that."

As Karoli covered this at the time, we saw this primarily as a case of Trump's foreign policy incompetence.

Donald Trump declared on ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos that Vladimir Putin has no intention of invading Ukraine while also distancing himself from the Republican platform changes softening their position on Ukraine.

"[Putin]'s not going to go into Ukraine. Just so you understand, he's not going to go into Ukraine," he insisted.

"You can mark it down, you can put it down, you can take it anywhere you want," he added.

Stephanopoulos gently pointed out that Putin is already there.

"Well, he's there in a certain way but I'm not there, you have Obama there. And frankly, that whole part of the world is a mess under Obama. With all of the strength that you're talking about, and all of the power of NATO," Trump replied.

After being pinned by Stephanopoulos on that, Trump retreated to his default stance of saying he would "take a look at that." He then went on to say that his understanding is that the people of Crimea want to be annexed by Russia.

He then blamed President Obama and NATO for Russia's presence in NATO that he had just denied.

And we know why Team Trump is trying so hard to mess up the narrative when it comes to the Steele dossier: that dossier asserts that the Trump Campaign had a direct quid pro quo with Russia: Lay off Ukraine in exchange for Wikileaks emails. Rachel Maddow reported on that in March.

If it weren't for the fact that we have a corrupt, party-before-country Republican Congress, this wouldn't be taking so damn long to come to justice.

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