Trump: Getting Along With Russia Is A Good Thing

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In Vietnam on Saturday, President Donald Trump told reporters that he believes both the U.S. intelligence agencies when they say Russia meddled and Russian President Vladimir Putin's sincerity in claiming that his country did not.

The president said he trusts U.S. intelligence agencies "as currently led" but dismissed the report from the Obama-era intelligence community that "17 agencies" proved Russia interfered with the election.

"There weren't 17 as was previously reported, there were actually four," the president noted.





He also said he wasn't going to argue with President Putin about the election meddling in public because he wants "to be able to get along with Russia... Because we've got a lot of things we need to solve."

He added: "And frankly, Russia and China can help us with the North Korea problem, which is one of our truly great problems... 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."

"And by the way," President Trump noted. "Hillary Clinton had the reset button. She wanted to get back together with Russia. She even spelled reset wrong, that is how it started, and then it got worse."

"President Obama also wanted to get back together with Russia," he said. "But the chemistry wasn't there."

"Getting along with other nations is a good thing, not a bad thing," the president said. "What I believe is that we have to get to work, and I think everyone understood this, get to work to solve Syria, North Korea, Ukraine, to solve terrorism."

The president also took to Twitter Sunday morning to say more about Russia:









QUESTION: Could you once and for all --definitively, sir-- yes or no, say whether or not you believe President Putin and/or Russia interfered in the election?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: What I said, and I'm very surprised there is any conflict there, what I said is that I believe [Putin] believes that. And that is very important for somebody to believe. I believe that he believes that he and Russia did not meddle in the election.

As to whether I believe it, I'm with our agencies --especially as currently constituted-- with their leadership.

I believe in our Intelligence agencies, I've worked with them very strongly. There weren't 17 as was previously reported, there were actually four. But they were saying there were 17 there were actually 4.

But as currently led, by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies...

At the same time, I want to be able --because I think it is very important-- to be able to get along with Russia, to get along with China, to get along with Vietnam. Because we've got a lot of things we need to solve. And frankly, Russia and China can help us with the North Korea problem, which is one of our truly great problems.

I'm not looking to stand and start arguing with someone when there are cameras all around and reporters recording our conversation.

I think it was very obvious to everybody: I believe that President Putin really feels, and he feels strongly that he did not meddle in our election. What he believes is what he believes.

What I believe is that we have to get to work, and I think everyone understood this, get to work to solve Syria, North Korea, Ukraine, to solve terrorism...

Russia has been very, very heavily sanctioned. They were sanctioned at a very high level, and that took place very recently.

It is now time to try to get back to healing a world that is shattered and broken, and that is very important...

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...

And by the way, Hillary Clinton had the reset button. She wanted to get back together with Russia.

She even spelled reset wrong, that is how it started, and then it got worse. President Obama wanted to get back together with Russia, but the chemistry wasn't there. Getting along with other nations is a good thing, not a bad thing.


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