Donald Trump: Putin would return ‘total traitor’ Snowden if I’m president

May 7, 2016 in News by D

Donald Trump attends the Hank's Yanks 1st Annual Golf Classic at Trump Golf Links in New York on July 6, 2015. (Greg Allen/Invision/Associated Press)

David Sherfinski

Businessman and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump says if he’s elected president, Russian President Vladimir Putin would turn over former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

“If I’m president, Putin says ‘hey, boom — you’re gone’ — I guarantee you that,” Mr. Trump said in an interview with CNN.

Mr. Trump called Mr. Snowden, who faces Espionage Act charges for his role in leaking information about the NSA’s phone-snooping program, a “total traitor” and said he “would deal with him harshly.”

“And if I were president, Putin would give him over. I would get along with Putin. I’ve dealt with Russia,” Mr. Trump said.

“He would never keep somebody like Snowden in Russia — he hates [President] Obama; he doesn’t respect Obama. Obama doesn’t like him either. But he has no respect for Obama, has a hatred for Obama, andSnowden is living the life,” he said.

Mr. Trump, who is at or near the top of recent polling on the 2016 GOP presidential field, also said he’s not interested in a vice presidential position if he doesn’t win the party’s nomination.

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