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Saturday, August 19, 2017

“From Russia with Clinton variants”: why President trump better

With a probability close to 100%, in the presidential election in the U.S. this fall with Democrat Hillary Clinton would beat Republican Donald trump: may 4, it became known that two other candidates from the Republican party, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, refused further participation in the race. “MK” asked the experts about whether there is for Russia the difference who will become President of the United States — trump or Clinton, and who they personally would put…

photo: Alexander Astafyev

Hillary Clinton

Stanislav BELKOVSKY, political analyst:

– We have assumed that the eccentric billionaire trump will be easier to agree, because he is a person with a business mindset, as Vladimir Putin, and, like Putin, trump the reputation of a politician who calls a spade a spade. But in fact Russia is by and large all the same who will be the next President of the United States, because any administration will maintain a policy of further isolation of Russia…

As for the chances of these candidates — it is known that the US elite are categorically against trump, and that seemingly makes the result of the battle predictable. But in politics, great importance is still the fart. Clinton was always unlucky, and trump is considered lucky… Although, from the standpoint of cold political analysis, the odds of Clinton becoming President of the United States in this situation still seem preferable…

Leonid KALASHNIKOV, first Deputy head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs (Communist party)::

– Despite the fact that presidents-Republicans have always been traditionally less profitable modern Russia, trump, judging by his independent position, still it is more profitable for us because he is a pragmatist. As for Clinton — she has already proved destructive anti-Russian position on many issues. But any US President will always defend the interests of the United States, not Russia…

If to speak about chances of winning, then Clinton and I think they are still preferable…

Sergei MIKHEYEV, political scientist, Director of the Center for political conjuncture:

Clinton more frenzied, we know that she hates us and she’s against Russia sustained prejudice. Besides, if Clinton becomes the first female US President, she will try at all costs to prove that the coolest of men. As for trump – he is largely unpredictable, but with him, at least, Russia has options. And with Clinton there is no alternative


Interviewed by Marina OZEROVA

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