Trump tells reporters of potential relations with Putin

22:30, 11 January 2017
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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump during his big press conference Tuesday said the idea that Vladimir Putin likes him is rather an asset than a liability.

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"Well, if Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability.  Because we have a horrible relationship with Russia. Russia can help us fight ISIS, which by the way, is number one tricky… I don't know that I am going to get along with Vladimir Putin. I hope I do, but there is a good chance I won’t," he said.

"And if I don’t, do you honestly believe that Hillary would be tougher on Putin than me? Does anybody in this room really believe that? Give me a break," he continued.

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