Perhaps he was just being hopeful, but Russian President Vladimir Putin at a recent conference in St Petersburg at the St Petersburg Economic Forum gave no indication that he especially feared a Hillary Clinton presidency.
After first stating that "America is a great power - today probably the only superpower. We accept that. We want to and are ready to work with the United States," Putin went on to say that he never endorsed Donald Trump, according to Reuters.
He said he had only described Trump as "flamboyant".
"He is, isn't he?" said Putin with a smile, Reuters reports, and went on to say, "I did not give any other assessment of him."
With regard to Hillary, he said, he had "warm relations" with former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
According to Reuters, Putin said he was grateful for the attention and respect Bill Clinton had shown to Russia and Putin personally.
He had less to say about Hillary though, saying he had never worked with her directly, but he gave no indication of imminent concern if Hillary became president.
Theodore Roosevelt Malloch, the pro-Trump author of the new “Davos, Aspen, and Yale: My Life Behind the Elite Curtain as a Global Sherpa,” and who is a professor at Oxford University, has written:
“What Putin has learned from Obama’s presidency and Hillary’s time as secretary of state was how weak both Democrats were when it came to confronting Russia on a score of issues.”
For example, he pointed out the capitulation of the Obama administration over placing a missile defense shield in the Czech Republic and Poland in the first term, and to the Obama administration’s decision to send weapons to support anti-Russian forces in Ukraine during Obama’s second term.
Rather than being a threat, the pro-Trump website Breitbart said she also capitulated to Russia:
Clinton had the opportunity to face off against her Russian counterpart as Secretary of State in President Barack Obama’s first term. In 2009, she infamously championed the “reset” with Russia, which became a capitulation.In an infamous press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Clinton presented Russia with a bright red button that purportedly said “reset”–except the State Department mistranslated it as “overcharge.”
Clinton is certainly a psychopath but there is no indication that she would engage Russia in some kind of direct hostility. Indeed, her most severe critics suggest otherwise that she would be capitulating to Russia.During Clinton’s tenure, the U.S. obeyed Russian demands and backed down from missile defense systems in Europe. The U.S. also signed the New START treaty, which included one-sided concessions by the U.S.
Trump or Clinton would be horrific presidents. My view is that Trump would simply "accomplish" more evil with a more enthusiastic base of enforcers. Though there would be nothing positive coming out of a Clinton presidency. They would both do major evil.