President Trump was asked about Russia’s annexation of Crimea during a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday.
He reminded the entire media that it was Obama who let that happen in the first place, and that if he had been president at the time, he would not have allowed it to happen.
A reporter asked, “Will you recognize — Russia’s annex — will you recognize Crimea as part of Russia when you meet … ?”
“That’s an interesting question. Because, you know, long before I got here, President Obama allowed that to happen,” Trump said. “That was on his watch. Not on my watch. People like to say oh, ‘Crimea,’ but the fact is, they built bridges to Crimea. They just opened a big bridge that was started years ago. They built, I think, a submarine port — substantially added billions of dollars. So, that was on Barack Obama’s watch. That was not on Trump’s watch.” (RELATED: Trump: Under Obama, Putin ‘Didn’t Respect Our Leadership’)
“Would I have allowed it to happen?” the president continued. “No, I would not have allowed it to happen. But he did allow it to happen, so that was his determination. What will happen with Crimea from this point on? That, I can’t tell you. But I’m not happy about Crimea.”
“But again, that was Barack Obama’s watch, not Trump’s watch,” he added.