President Donald Trump predicted Thursday that relations between the U.S. and Russia “will work out fine,” leading to what he phrased as “lasting peace.”
“Things will work out fine between the U.S.A. and Russia,” he tweeted Thursday morning. “At the right time everyone will come to their senses & there will be lasting peace!”
Despite candidate Trump’s repeated praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the U.S. has continued to have a rocky relationship with Moscow under his administration.
The president acknowledged Wednesday at a news conference alongside NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that “we’re not getting along with Russia at all.”
“We may be at an all-time low in terms of our relationship with Russia,” he added.
His comment was in line with his chief diplomat, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who “expressed the view that the current state” of U.S.-Russia relations “is at a low point,” he told reporters Wednesday at a joint news conference alongside his Russian counterpart in Moscow.
United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley also blasted Russia at a Security Council meeting Wednesday after it blocked the council’s Western-backed resolution to condemn the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons attack, which killed dozens of civilians last week, including children.
“With its veto, Russia said no to accountability, Russia said no to cooperation with the U.N.’s independent investigation and Russia said no to a resolution that would have helped promote peace in Syria,” Haley said. “Russia, once again, has chosen to side with Assad, even as the rest of the world, including the Arab world, overwhelmingly comes together to condemn this murderous regime.”