Putin: "We Should Be Grateful To President Trump: In Moscow It's Cold And Snowing"

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday during a panel at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum that the US investigations into whether the Kremlin meddled in the US election are nothing more than "hysteria," and that the anti-Russia sentiment in the US was about as virulent as anti-semitism.  “It’s like saying everything is the Jews’ fault,” said Putin, who said the blame for Hillary Clinton’s November loss lies squarely at the feet of the Democratic presidential candidate and members of her party, according to a report.

“This reminds me of anti-Semitism,” Putin said. “The Jews are to blame for everything. An idiot cannot do anything himself, so the Jews are to blame. But we know what such attitudes lead to. They end with nothing good.”

Putin, who was being interviewed by NBC's Megyn Kelly, brushed off questions about meetings that members of the Trump campaign - including then-Sen. Jeff Sessions - had with Russian officials such as ambassador Sergey Kislyak. 

So our ambassador met someone. That's his job. That's why we pay him,” Putin said. “So what? What's he supposed to do, hit up the bars?”

Putin was amused when Kelly touched on the subject of Russian foreign news coverage spreading “disinformation.” Putin accused her “colleagues” of dragging Russia into their coverage unfavourably.

“Let’s end this,” Putin told her. “You will feel better and we will feel better.”

Donald Trump won because he had run a more effective presidential campaign than Hillary Clinton, Putin said, adding the US intelligence agencies may have faked evidence of Russian hacking, according to Reuters. Allegations of Russian involvement were nothing more than "harmful gossip," Putin insisted, there were no "Russian fingerprints" on the alleged hacks, Reuters reported.

Earlier this week, Putin denied the Russian state had directed any hacking operations designed to influence the U.S. election – though he did say Russian “patriots” could have been behind the plot on their own, Fox reported.

Following President Donald Trump's decision Thursday to take the US out of the Paris Climate Accord talks, Putin said that there's still time to reach a deal on the 2015 pact even without the US's involvement, before adding, in English, "don't worry, be happy," according to Reuters.

Despite the critism that has been heapened upon Trump by other world leaders since he announced his decision to leave the accord last night, Putin said that he "wouldn't blame Trump" for leaving the accord, though he hoped the White House would set its own climate rules. 

By the way, we should be grateful to President Trump. In Moscow it’s raining and cold and even, they say, some snow. Now we could blame this all on American imperialism, that it’s all their fault. But we won’t.

And though he said he hopes that US sanctions against Russia would soon be lifted, he noted that they did have some positive effects. "We had to use our brains," Putin said. "Not rely on oil and gas dollars."

Allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin have dogged the new administration since before the inauguration. In recent weeks, US media have taken aim at Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, whom NBC and WaPo reported was a “person of interest” in the FBI’ campaign.

As a reminder, Kelly is set to interview Putin in St. Petersburg Friday for a Sunday night special that will air on NBC.

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Greed is King Jun 3, 2017 4:30 PM Permalink

"We had to use our brains," Putin said. "Not rely on oil and gas dollars."One of the ways he used his brains was when the EU imposed a ban on food exports to Russia, he invited a lot of the British farmers who have been put out of business because of EU agricultural policy favouring  Continental farmers at the expense of British farmers to go to Russia and help accelerate farming modernisation an Russia. Many did, and now have free land and a decent living.

Vilfredo Pareto Jun 3, 2017 11:45 AM Permalink

 “So our ambassador met someone. That's his job. That's why we pay him,” Putin said. “So what? What's he supposed to do, hit up the bars?” I think Putin sees the humor in Putin Derangement Syndrome lol.  It is epidemic among the left.

TheLastTrump Jun 3, 2017 10:39 AM Permalink

Lolololol so many here will be conflicted....lololol Putin scores! If you're a scumbag Jew hater your buddy Putin just called you an IDIOT.  :) "An idiot cannot do anything himself, so the Jews are to blame."  "the anti-Russia sentiment in the US was about as virulent as anti-semitism.  “It’s like saying everything is the Jews’ fault,” said Putin"  

“This reminds me of anti-Semitism,” Putin said. “The Jews are to blame for everything. An idiot cannot do anything himself, so the Jews are to blame. But we know what such attitudes lead to. They end with nothing good.”
Sizzurp Jun 3, 2017 9:33 AM Permalink

Putin has exposed the leftists as complete laughing stock idiots. The hysteria created by this pathetic fake Russian narrative is a national tragedy and embarrassment.

withglee Jun 3, 2017 8:26 AM Permalink

“It’s like saying everything is the Jews’ fault,” said Putin, More properly, "It's really saying everything is the cheaters and schemers and governments fault ... which of course it is". And it just so happens that's where you're going to find lots of tribe members and/or their influence. That is their culture.It's not mine.They should have their own space.Iterative secession.

BetterRalph Jun 3, 2017 3:39 AM Permalink

I got those #sethrichfiles

(I still ain't cracked the dnc.psafe3, but if I do..)

I don't see /etc/passwd in there suggesting root access.
I don't see /home/user1 /home/user2 Maybe the ngavan exploit ain't being used?
Although, I ran sysop, I ran an ISP, I code some, I Hack some, I am no expert, It Don't seem like a Hack to me. I don't believe this is a RUSSIAN hack, I believe it's a LEAK. I believe this with the SAME honesty I took when I swore my oath, if I lie let god STRIKE ME DOWN. I don't want Russians infiltrating anymore than I want dual citizens infiltrating. (and that's a Problem if you want my opinion) I digress..

Seems like a USER simply did a pkzip in a work directory. Added a bunch of winrar files, and then the password db, and zipped this puppy up. A backup, is what it looks like to me.

The DNC never had the FBI look at their stuff--if it has not been destroyed--why not look? Awful strange. When my ISP got hacked the FBI left with a mirror image, but not the DNC.

I would be sorting out dis-loyalty locally.

withglee BetterRalph Jun 3, 2017 8:43 AM Permalink

I don't want Russians infiltrating anymore than I want dual citizens infiltrating. (and that's a Problem if you want my opinion) I digress..I think I would welcome it. Putin makes more sense and seems more honest and principled than any politician I have ever experienced in 70 years in the USA. And did you see those pictures of the Russian military goose stepping in Red Square on May Day? Gorgeous people ... men and women both ... and intelligent looking ... no dumb blank eyed stupers. Look around you. You couldn't fill out a single row with people that look as good from what you see here in the USA. They couldn't even goose step. They haven't seen their feet in a very long time.Given it to do over again at age 20 (50 years ago), I'd try to get a job in Russia from what I've seen (beginning with the VHS images that replaced the "old ladies in gray shawls with warts on their noses" that our propaganda showed us) and people I've personally talked to. I once had to interview about a dozen of Russian people for placement in programming jobs. Each one was more brilliant, level headed, and experienced than the one before.I could learn much from them. I could learn nothing from those who occupy our governments here in the USA. And after reading both the Federalist papers and Anti-Federalist papers (now twice), I have no respect for the "founding children" and the way our propaganda has served them up here at all.We are like Ivy League School graduates. We know nothing but self promotion. I swear that's all they teach the students in those schools after having working with many MBAs from there ... and a brother who went there.Now if these "correct observations" don't bring me a deluge of down votes here, I will be greatly surprised. I will be honored by those down votes. My "correct observations" that gold is "not money" brings me nothing but down votes here. I've come to be honored by that too.

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ArmchairCEO Jun 3, 2017 3:18 AM Permalink

I'm a native of Moscow, Russia and I invite everyone who is interested to Russia to see a real country that's been ruled for 18 years by Vladimir Putin. I will show you everything - downtown, posh suburbs (infact there is only one) and the rest where 99.9% live and die. I will show you how real russians live. Can assure you - most of you will be shocked. If interested - just drop me a line. In case of severe psychological stress (it happens) I always have a bottle of vodka and several piroshkis. Your russian friend.

withglee ArmchairCEO Jun 3, 2017 8:48 AM Permalink

Your russian friend.See my comment to "BetterRalph" just before yours. I would welcome a visit with you. And you should be proud of the down votes you get. They are confirmation you have touched the real morons that are here at ZH.Iterative secession. We've got to let these morons have their own space and quit contaminating mine.

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Beans ArmchairCEO Jun 3, 2017 6:59 AM Permalink

What a load of horse manure. I have worked with a number of Russian people and am personally acquainted with some of them on a friendly level and guess what, Russia is nothing like you describe it to be. I pity you, are you ethnic Russian or are you (((ethnic))) Russian? In fact, are you even Russian at all?

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Thom Paine Jun 3, 2017 2:57 AM Permalink

She lied outright. Trump never said that.Megyn Kelly way out of her depth with Putin.She might be OK in her little sycophant world where everybody has to agree with her so she wont throw a tantrum, but in the real world she is like a little girl with shaky knees.

pparalegal Jun 3, 2017 2:41 AM Permalink

Our IQ 80 tits, teeth and hair media mavens and assorted political party idiological dopes still have not understood who they are dealing with. A really good chess player.

Ms No Jun 3, 2017 2:37 AM Permalink

Putin has openly admitted that he knows who was responsible for the Bolshevik slaughter.  He is no friend of theirs.  He has to play the game.  He is talking to Kelly's liberal whack-job audience.  You can't fight these people by pointing them out publicly, they are too protected and whole mechanisms will swing into action.  They are too strong and will label him Nazi with the media system that they own.  Then, they will go back into Russia and slaughter everybody again.  He has a careful balance to maintain as they are still crawling all over Russia. 

withglee Beans Jun 3, 2017 8:54 AM Permalink

Allow me to fix those spelling errors for you, sport. There are two main evils in the world :  1. Zionism 2. Ignorance of Zionism's manifesto of world conquest? There... better...Allow me to fix those spelling errors for you, sport.There are two main evils in the world: 1. Religion 2. Ignorance of Religion's manifesto of world conquest?There... better...

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withglee Arkadin Jun 3, 2017 10:43 AM Permalink

especially as measured in the number of corpsesDid you include the corpses from all the missions and from the multiple crusades? What numbers did you find there? Did you include the Boxer Rebellion? Did you include the Mountain Meadow Massacre? Do you count walking corpses of minds numbed by religious nonsense? Ever hear a song with the lyric "onward atheist soldiers"?What numbers do you have for corpses left by atheists? Show your work. Don't cite "isms" unless you're prepared to succinctly define them. That's just red herrings, obfuscation, and avoidance.

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Stormtrooper Jun 2, 2017 11:43 PM Permalink

So, basic question.  Who is Megyn Kelly?  Is she related to Kim Kardashian?  Why should I value her opinions?Haven't watched mindless media for mindless Americans in 20 years so I just catch bits and pieces about these bimbos from the internet.

Thom Paine Stormtrooper Jun 3, 2017 3:00 AM Permalink

Well, she (Megyn Kelly) is actually a nobody, nothing but a face celebrity on TV.Not intelligent, not highly educated, nothing that makes her better than the average person on the street. She just brushed up her hair, learnt her angle.She is simply another of those plastic faces you see all across American tv. Dumb as shit, but there because they have a 'look' and develop followers, like a japanese girl idol.

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PN7 Thom Paine Jun 3, 2017 8:17 PM Permalink

American education isn't what it used to be, but for what it's worth, Megyn has a bachelor's degree in political science, and a law degree from Albany Law.  So she's not exactly a dummy.  I believe she worked in corporate law for several years before joining Fox.  Once upon a time I thought she was hot, and I lived in Albany, and I remember thinking she was probably the only interesting thing to ever come out of that town.  I'm not a fan any longer, but I just thought I'd amend your comment.

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