Following a weekend of explosive reports on the Trump administration’s ties to Russia, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shared a video from her debate against then-candidate Trump where she called him a “puppet” for Russia.
“Like I said: A puppet,” she tweeted out Monday with the clip.
Like I said: A puppet. https://t.co/BeBfYMJcic
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 14, 2019
The video documents a heated exchange between the two on Trump’s ties to Russia.
“Putin, from everything I see, has no respect for this person,” Trump said, pointing to his opponent.
“Well, that’s because he’d rather have a puppet as president of the United States,” Clinton responds.
“It’s pretty clear you won’t admit that the Russians have engaged in cyber attacks against the United States of America, that you encouraged espionage against our people, that you are willing to spout the Putin line, sign up for his wish list, break up NATO, do whatever he wants to do, and that you continue to get help from him because he has a very clear favorite in this race.”
Watch the video below:
October 19th, 2016 pic.twitter.com/QvmLUklSc1
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) January 12, 2019
On Friday, the New York Times reported on the FBI investigating Trump’s Russian ties, specifically looking into whether the president intentionally worked with the Russian government against the interests of the United States.
On Saturday, the Washington Post reported that the president hid details of conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin from his own administration officials.
The president has since denied ever working with Russia and claimed his communications with Putin were never hidden.
Clinton relentlessly questioned Trump’s Russian ties during the campaign. Since Trump became president, the questioning has died down but never really ended. The former secretary of state has used Twitter to jab the president for his connection with the adversary government:
Seriously, you asked Russia to hack me on national television. https://t.co/YPktJyQ7Gx
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 11, 2018
Great World Cup. Question for President Trump as he meets Putin: Do you know which team you play for?
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 16, 2018
Actions have consequences, and whether we’re in Syria or not, the people who want to harm us are there & at war. Isolationism is weakness. Empowering ISIS is dangerous. Playing into Russia & Iran’s hands is foolish. This President is putting our national security at grave risk.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 21, 2018
Monday’s tweet, however, is the closest to an “I told you so” that the former Democratic nominee has gotten on her social media.