President-elect Trump suggests he would be open to lifting sanctions on Russia

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13: (L to R) Businessman Greg Calhoun looks on as President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters after his meeting with television personality Steve Harvey at Trump Tower, January 13, 2017 in New York City. President-elect Trump continues to hold meetings at Trump Tower in New York. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13: (L to R) Businessman Greg Calhoun looks on as President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters after his meeting with television personality Steve Harvey at Trump Tower, January 13, 2017 in New York City. President-elect Trump continues to hold meetings at Trump Tower in New York. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump suggested Friday he is open to lifting sanctions on Russia, though he plans to keep them for “at least a period of time.”

He told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Friday evening that he might do away with them if Russia helps the US battle terrorists or with other goals important to the US. The sanctions were implemented by the Obama administration last month in response to alleged Russian hacking during the election.

“If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody’s doing some really great things?” he said in the interview.

President-elect Trump’s remarks to the Wall Street Journal come after CNN reported classified documents presented to President Barack Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about President-elect Trump. He has vehemently denied the allegations.

Speaking to the Journal, President-elect Trump said he’s prepared to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin after he takes office.

“I understand that they would like to meet, and that’s absolutely fine with me,” he said.

When asked about China — specifically if he supported the US “One China” policy on Taiwan, which says the province is part of China — Mr. Trump responded, “Everything is under negotiation, including One China.”

In early December, President-elect Trump took a call from Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, the first publicly reported call between a US President or President-elect and the leader of Taiwan since Washington established diplomatic relations with Beijing in 1979.

President-elect Trump said during the election that when he took office, he would label China as a currency manipulator. However, he didn’t go that far in his interview with the Journal.

“I would talk to them first,” he said, later adding: “Certainly, they are manipulators. But I’m not looking to do that.”

4 comments

  • Eddy Myballsitch

    Now already starting to “flip flop” on his promises! 1- the wall, 2- keeping Muslim terrorists out, 3- draining the swamp, 4- Putin the devil, etc.

  • wheresthebeef

    Of course he’s lifting the sanctions. That’s the reason Putin gave him the election in the first place. This is just a return on his investment. And with Trumputin in charge we’ll see a lot more of it.

    • Z

      Too bad there is no evidence of the election being hacked, only allegations. You do understand the difference right? Or are you just another boorlicker?

  • J Russ

    Let’s see, Exxon has over 230,000 sq. miles of drilling rights in Russia they can’t access because of sanctions. But now it looks like the 2 Putin Pawn’s in a pod, Trump/Tillerson, will find a reason to lift the embargo and walla billions of dollars in a Russian and big oil windfall. Remind me is that in the U S interest or Putin’s and ex-Exxon President and big oilman Tillerson’s interest?

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