President Obama attacked Trump for being overly friendly towards Vladimir Putin. Of course he spoke differently back in March of 2012.
As the Media Research Center claims, there is an audio tape of a private conversation between Obama and the Russian president at the time, Dmitry Medvedev, talking at the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit in South Korea.
“On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved, but it’s important for him to give me space,” Obama whispered to Medvedev.
“This is my last election,” he added. “After my election I will have more flexibility.”
“I understand,” he whispered back to Obama. “I will transmit this information to Putin.”
The White House was quick to back peddle and tried to justify Obama’s words.
“Since 2012 is an election year in both countries, with an election and leadership transition in Russia and an election in the United States, it is clearly not a year in which we are going to achieve a breakthrough (on the NATO missile defense system),” White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said of the controversial conversation.
“Therefore, President Obama and President Medvedev agreed that it was best to instruct our technical experts to do the work of better understanding our respective positions, providing space for continued discussions on missile defense cooperation going forward.”