Putin: Obama Govt working hard to undermine Trump

Aparna Parekh
File photo of outgoing United States President Barack Obama with Russia's President Vladimir Putin.  Photo - PTI

File photo of outgoing United States President Barack Obama with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
Photo – PTI

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the outgoing Obama administration in the US of trying to undermine President-elect Donald Trump. Putin alleged that they were spreading fake allegations against Donald Trump.

When asked about the unverified dossier that claims that Trump engaged in sexual activities with prostitutes at a Moscow hotel, Putin said, “People who order such fakes against the U.S. president-elect, fabricate them and use them in political struggle are worse than prostitutes.”

“They have no moral restrictions whatsoever, and it highlights a significant degree of degradation of political elites in the West, including in the United States,” he added.

Putin claimed that the Obama’s administration was making desperate efforts to “undermine the legitimacy of the president-elect” despite his “convincing” victory.

“People who are doing that are inflicting a colossal damage to the interests of the United States,” Putin warned.

He lashed out at the White House after a series of accusations that said Russia meddled in the US elections, a charge that even Donald Trump admitted to.

The Russian leader then went on to ridicule the authors of the Trump dossier for alleging that Russian spy agencies were collecting compromising material on Trump when he visited Moscow in 2013 for the Miss Universe pageant.

“He wasn’t a politician, we didn’t even know about his political ambitions,” Putin said. “Do they think that our special services are hunting for every US billionaire?” Putin joked.

Trump too had denied the allegations in his tweet saying, “Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!”

Putin voiced hope that “common sense will prevail” and Russia and the United States will be able to normalise their relations once Trump takes office on Friday. At the same time, Trump too called for better relations with Russia.

During Obama’s tenure, there was much tension between Moscow and Washington. Both countries had immense differences over the Ukrainian crisis and the Syrian war.

(With inputs from agencies)