Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin are getting harder for the GOP nominee to brush off.
“I never met Putin, I don’t know who Putin is,” Trump said in a recent press conference. But now MSNBC has unearthed a video where Trump says in an interview exactly the opposite.
In the interview, which took place 3 years ago, Trump not only claims that he knows Putin, but points out that Putin has a great interest in the Trump campaign.
“I do have a relationship, and I can tell you that [Putin] is very interested in what we’re doing here today,” Trump told MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts. “He’s probably very interested in what you and I are saying today and I’m sure he’s going to be seeing it in some form. But I do have a relationship with him and I think it’s very interesting to see what’s happened.”
“I mean look, he’s done a very brilliant job in terms of what he represents and what he’s representing,” Trump continued. “If you look at what he’s done with Syria, if you look at so many of the different things, he has really eaten our president’s lunch, let’s not kid ourselves.”
This week, Trump came under fire for calling on Russian hackers to “find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” referring to Hillary Clinton’s alleged unsecured email server.
Watch the segment via MSNBC below: