Trump says Russia isn't to blame for MH17
Donald Trump doesn't believe there is enough evidence to blame pro-Russian separatists for last year's downing of a commercial airliner over Ukraine, despite the fact that the US intelligence community believes "with confidence" that pro-Russian separatists shot it down.
Trump was asked on MSNBC Wednesday about the new report from Dutch investigators that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a Russian-made rocket and warhead, and asked what he would do as president to hold Russia accountable.
"They say it wasn't them," he replied. "It may have been their weapon, but they didn't use it, they didn't fire it, they even said the other side fired it to blame them. I mean to be honest with you, you'll probably never know for sure."
Trump later said the culprit was "probably" Russia and pro-Russian fighters, but he said the US needs to focus on its own problems right now and not "get involved" in overseas conflicts, even one as "horrible" as this.
"It's a long ways away. We have to get back to making America great again," he said. "It's terrible, but we really probably won't know for sure. And you'll probably never find out. There are only a few people that know. And you know one of them could be Putin, frankly, and we know one thing: He's not going to be talking about it."