Trump on Russia sanctions: ‘Having Russia in a friendly posture’ is an asset


President Trump on Sunday said Russia has been “heavily” sanctioned and he would rather have the country “in a friendly posture.” 

“What I believe is that we have to get to work. And I think everybody understood this that heard the answer. We have to get to work to solve Syria, to solve North Korea, to solve Ukraine, to solve terrorism,” Trump said in Vietnam.

{mosads}”And, you know, people don’t realize Russia has been very, very heavily sanctioned,” he continued. “They were sanctioned at a very high level, and that took place very recently. It’s now time to get back to healing a world that is shattered and broken.”

Trump said that those are “very important things.”

“And I feel that having Russia in a friendly posture, as opposed to always fighting with them, is an asset to the world and an asset to our country, not a liability,” he said.

Trump added that Hillary Clinton, former secretary of State, wanted to “get back together with Russia.” 

“President Obama wanted to get along with Russia, but the chemistry wasn’t there.  Getting along with other nations is a good thing, not a bad thing — believe me. It’s a good thing, not a bad thing.”

Trump said Saturday he won’t argue with Russian President Vladimir Putin when he says he didn’t meddle in the U.S. presidential race.

“Every time he sees me he says, ‘I didn’t do that,’ and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it,” Trump said Saturday.

He later clarified the comments, saying, “I believe in our intel agencies.”

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