Russian president Dmitri Medvedev inserted himself into American politics Tuesday, criticizing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney over comments Romney made on Russia’s relationship with the United States. And Medvedev’s statements were promptly blasted out by the rapid response arm of the Democratic National Committee.
Here is what Medvedev said, according to the Hill:
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev took aim at Mitt Romney on Tuesday, telling the GOP frontrunner to “look at his watch,” and dismissing his comments that Russia was an enemy of the United States.
“We are in 2012 and not the mid-1970s,” Medvedev said Tuesday, on the last day of a nuclear security summit in Asia.
His comment came a day after Romney called Russia the United States’ “No. 1 geopolitical foe.”
Medvedev said Romney’s comments smacked of Hollywood machismo…
…Romney made the comments after a hot mic picked up a private conversation between Medvedev and President Obama. During the conversation, Obama asked his Russian counterpart for “space” and “flexibility” on the missile defense issue until after November’s election.
Excerpts from the Hill article were included in the DNC email blast.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) released a statement today declaring, “It’s a bit sad and a lot hilarious that the only surrogate the Dems can scrounge up to defend this nakedly political ploy is the beneficiary of it, Russian President Medvedev.”
RNC communications director Sean Spicer tells the Free Beacon, “There are two issues here. The first is missile defense and national security. The second is this: what other agenda items is the president keeping from us?”
In a tweet, RNC research director Joe Pounder asked DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse whether he’d be transitioning to the Putin administration when Medvedev leaves office.