Trump condemns Russian aggression in Syria
'Shooting old ladies walking out of town' is 'terrible'
President-elect Trump blames Obama for not intervening
Just one day after suggesting he may lift sanctions on Russia for US election-related hacking, Donald Trump has condemned Russia’s involvement in the Syrian conflict.
In an interview published in The Times with the UK’s former justice secretary Michael Gove, the President-elect blamed US President Barack Obama for not intervening further to prevent President Assad and Vladimir Putin carrying out attacks in Aleppo.
According to Mr Gove, Mr Trump was “unequivocal” in his condemnation of Mr Putin over his role in the conflict, despite reiterating his desire to improve the US’s relations with Russia.
Mr Trump said: “It’s a very bad thing, we had a chance to do something when we had the line in the sand and . . . nothing happened. That was the only time. And now, it’s sort of very late. It’s too late . . . But Aleppo was nasty.REDUCE ARSENAL:
He added: “I mean when you see them shooting old ladies walking out of town — they can’t even walk and they’re shooting ’em — it almost looks like they’re shooting ’em for sport — ah no, that’s . . . a terrible situation.”
In the interview, Trump also said he would be willing to review Russia’s sanctions if Putin reduced Russia’s nuclear arsenal.
He said: “They have sanctions on Russia — let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia. For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that’s part of it. But Russia’s hurting very badly right now because of sanctions, but I think something can happen that a lot of people are gonna benefit.”