President Trump refused to say Russia posed a unique security threat to the West, speaking at a press conference Monday, saying he considered the country to be among many foreign policy challenges facing the U.S. and its allies.
“I consider many countries as a security threat, unfortunately, when you look at what’s going on in the world today,” Trump said following meetings at the White House with Finland’s President Niinistö.
The president was responding to a question from a Finnish journalist regarding the security threat Russia poses to Finland. The NATO member shares an 830 mile-long border with Russia. Moscow has also been flying Russian aircraft over the Baltic states, while hiding their location from conventional radar by removing their transponders, the Associated Press reported.
However, Trump refused to be drawn into directly criticizing the Kremlin despite concerns over his administration’s perceived closeness to Moscow and ongoing investigations by the Justice Department and Congress into ties between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials.
“We consider that a very, very important part of the world,” Trump said referring to the Baltic. And so I would consider many countries threats, but these are all threats that we’d be able to handle if we have to. Hopefully we won’t have to handle them, but if we do we will handle them.”
The president also would not say how far the U.S. would intervene if tensions with Russia in the Baltic escalated. “We are very protective of that region. That’s all I can say,” he said.
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