Trump's response does not engender confidence in what he himself calls "America first."
Bloomberg News' White House Correspondent Jennifer Jacobs tweeted this photo and the text of the exchange as Trump prepared to leave D.C.
PRESS: Is Putin a friend or foe?
TRUMP: “Uh, I really can’t say right now. As far as I’m concerned, a competitor. A competitor.”
Trump was speaking to reporters on south lawn before leaving for Europe for NATO meeting, his first UK trip and a meeting with Putin. pic.twitter.com/n1Uv8NpU6e
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) July 10, 2018
Trump refuses to label Putin a foe, an adversary, an enemy, despite his past and current attacks on the U.S. electoral system.
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