(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that “it depends” when asked whether she as president would meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“It depends. I mean, listen, I believe that we do have to have open lines of communication, and I will never foreclose that as a viable option, but let's be clear about this president's relationship with Russia. The current president of the United States has taken the word of the Russian president over the word of the American intelligence community on the issue of the election in 2016,” she said.
“The current president of the United States takes the word of a North Korean dictator over the word of the American intelligence community when it comes to an American student who was tortured and later died. The current president of the United States takes the word of a Saudi prince over the word of the American intelligence community when it comes to a journalist who was assassinated, a journalist who has American credentials. So, I would not do that,” Harris said.
The senator said she trusts the U.S. intelligence community.
“But you might have to meet with Putin,” CBS’s Ed O’Keefe said.
“But it would not be without an appropriate amount of one, reading the briefing book. Let's start there. Sadly, that we even have to talk about that as being a requirement. It would not be without meeting with leaders in our Department of State, meeting with our military leaders to determine what is the smartest and best course of action for the United States,” Harris said.
“These are not just about relationships that are based on some trust that are re-- maybe previous relationship that that president has with the president of Russia. It has to be based on what is in America's best interest not self-interest,” she said.