Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is reportedly planning to Russian president Vladimir Putin if he gets elected as the US president in the November elections.
Trump claimed he might meet Putin even before he takes the oath of presidency in January next year, media reports stated.
“…I could see myself meeting with Putin and meeting with Russia prior to the start of the administration,” Trump reportedly told the WND Radio station in an interview on Monday.
Latest reports revealed that Trump is trailing rival Hillary Clinton in opinion polls, losing ground in some of the key states after number of sexual allegations emerged against him.
“You have potentially a really catastrophic situation here. I’ll be honest with you. If I win on November 8, I could see myself meeting with Putin and meeting with Russia prior to the start of the administration,” Trump clarified.
Trump was also heard saying in the interview: “The problem is Putin has no respect for Obama at all.”
A president-elect meeting a foreign leader before taking charge of the office is seen unusual. In 2008, after being elected as US President, Barack Obama refused to involve in such processes, saying that there is only one president at a time, a media report stated.
Trump recently questioned the legitimacy of US presidential election process, claiming the election is being rigged in many places.
As the US Election 2016 is scheduled on November 8, early voting and voting by mail have already started in many US states.
“The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary – but also at many polling places – SAD,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
However, critics of Trump find these allegations as part of a strategy to defend his expected defeat in the election.