What Did Russia's Leading News Agency Tweet During the Final U.S. Presidential Debate?



Hours ago, the third and final U.S. presidential debate ended, capping off a heated exchange between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump that again mentioned Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, many times. RuNet Echo recaps the debate-night tweets by one of Russia's biggest national news agencies to get an idea of what resonated in Moscow.

With nearly 3 million followers on Twitter, RIA Novosti was Russia's most active major news organization that offered live blogging during the third debate. The following tweets appeared in chronological order.

The first tweet appeared about 30 minutes in, when Hillary Clinton first mentioned the U.S. government's spying allegations against the Russian state:

Clinton declares that Russia “spies” on Americans.

RIA's wording was likely meant to amuse Russian readers, whom the Kremlin has repeatedly reminded are at risk of being spied upon by the U.S. government, in keeping with revelations made by Edward Snowden and others.

Trump says why Clinton “doesn't like Putin.”

Putin wants to use Trump like a puppet in the U.S. presidency, Clinton believes.

Trump declares that the Clinton Foundation charity is a “criminal enterprise.”

Trump declares that Assad is much smarter than Clinton and Obama.

Trump promises to cancel Obama's healthcare reforms.

Overall, RIA chose to focus on Donald Trump's comments, whose alarmist tone is likely better for generating traffic on social media. Naturally, the news agency also focused on moments when Russia came up in the debate, though nothing was tweeted regarding the extended conversation about the Russian-Syrian bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo, which U.S. State Department officials have said should be investigated for war crimes.

In terms of retweets and “likes,” the most popular of the tweets above was the one recalling Trump's declaration that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is “just much tougher and much smarter than [Clinton] and Obama.”


  • ShermanStandardRedneckMcCoy

    As far as Assad being smarter than Clinton and Obooboo goes, it would be difficult NOT to be.

  • Leslie Piper

    Sherman! It would help to know what you’re talking about. When you say, “Smarter,” can you tell me exactly what you’re talking about, describe it and maybe fill in with some of your examples.

    If you can’t, AND you just launch a copy-righted sneer or insult, you realize that you will have given me information about yourself. As I have given you information about myself. I’m a curious guy.

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