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Trump Talks About Keeping Russian Sanctions Intact ‘At Least for a Period of Time’

donald-trumpPresident-elect Donald Trump gave an interview to The Wall Street Journal in which he discussed what he would do about Russian sanctions imposed by the Obama administration.

Trump told the Journal he would keep the sanctions “at least for a period of time,” but indicated what would have to happen for him to roll them back:

Mr. Trump in the interview suggested he might do away with the Russian sanctions—imposed by the president in late December in response to Moscow’s alleged cyberattacks—if the nation proves helpful in battling terrorists and reaching other goals important to the U.S. The president-elect said he is prepared to meet with Mr. Putin some time after he is sworn in.

He asked, “If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody’s doing some really great things?”

Trump has consistently talked about wanting to have good relations with Russia, even as more questions mount about Russian interference in the election to help him win. Today John Lewis cited those Russian efforts when he said he doesn’t consider Trump a “legitimate president.”

You can read the full WSJ interview, in which Trump also discussed China, here.

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