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Fact Check: Russia as geopolitical foe vs. threat

"A few months ago, when you were asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia." - President Obama

This is what Mitt Romney said in a March 26 interview with Wolf Blitzer of CNN:

"This is without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe. They fight for every cause for the world's worst actors. The idea that he has more flexibility in mind for Russia is very, very troubling indeed."

Blitzer then asked if Russia is a bigger foe than Iran, China or North Korea.

Romney replied: "Well, I'm saying in terms of a geopolitical opponent, the nation that lines up with the world's worst actors. Of course, the greatest threat that the world faces is a nuclear Iran. A nuclear North Korea is already troubling enough. But when these - these terrible actors pursue their course in the world and we go to the United Nations looking for ways to stop them, when - when Assad, for instance, is murdering his own people, we go - we go to the United Nations, and who is it that always stands up for the world's worst

It is always Russia, typically with China alongside. And - and so in terms of a geopolitical foe, a nation that's on the Security Council, that has the heft of the Security Council and is, of course, a - a massive nuclear power, Russia is the - the geopolitical foe and - and the - and they're - the idea that our president is - is planning on doing something with them that he's not willing to tell the American people before the election is something I find very, very alarming."

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.



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