Putin shrugs off Trump's nuclear
plans, says Democrats sore losers
Donald Trump's plans to boost the U.S. nuclear arsenal, praising Trump for
being in touch with U.S. public opinion while branding the Democrats sore
said earlier comments he had made about his country's own military
modernization had been misunderstood in the United States and that he accepted
that the U.S. military, not Russia's, was the most powerful in the world.
aggressor". Trump later tweeted that the United States "must greatly strengthen
and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses
"Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all."
been talking about countries he thought might realistically launch an attack on
U.S. administration who for some reason started to prove that the U.S. military
was the most powerful in the world," Putin said, referring to State Department
comments from Thursday.
about wanting to expand U.S. nuclear capabilities anyway.
of strengthening the U.S. nuclear arsenal, and strengthening the armed forces.
There's nothing unusual here," said Putin.
on an arms race that we can't afford."
that a boost to the U.S. arsenal could fuel global tensions.
hours, fielded questions on everything from Syria to the economy, Ukraine and
launching a scathing attack on the Democrats.
to blame all their failures on external factors," said Putin.
of its own name. They (the Democrats) are losing on all fronts and looking
elsewhere for things to blame. In my view this, how shall I say it, degrades
their own dignity. You have to know how to lose with dignity."
of trying to interfere with the U.S. election by hacking Democratic Party accounts.
Information from those hacks was leaked online, causing political problems for
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
to victory in any way however.
speaks of the current administration's systemic problems."
win, said that only Moscow had believed in his victory
until the end, when nobody believed in him," Putin said,
adding with a smile. "Except for you and me."
expected U.S.-Russia ties to return to normal now, particularly in the security and
needed time before deciding whether he would run for president again in 2018.
calling a reporter who had asked him to provide reasons why people would want
to vote for him again "a provocateur".
Peter Hobson, Maria Kiselyova and Andrey Ostroukh, Gleb Stolyarov, Oksana
Kobzeva, Andrey Kuzmin, Anastasia Lyrchikova, Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by