Trump: ‘If Putin Likes Donald Trump, I Consider That An Asset … Not a Liability’

By Michael W. Chapman | January 11, 2017 | 4:29pm EST

President-elect Donald Trump. (AP) 

( – In reference to whether Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to sway the U.S. presidential election in his favor, President-elect Donald Trump said that if Putin likes him, he considers it “an asset, not a liability,” a relationship that could help in defeating the radical Islamists of ISIS.

During his first press conference as president-elect on Wednesday, a reporter asked Trump, On that [U.S.] intelligence report, the second part of their conclusion was that Vladimir Putin ordered it [hacking of the Democratic Natioonal Committee] because he aspired to help you in the election. Do you accept that part of the finding? And will you undo what President Obama did to punish the Russians for this or will you keep it in place?”

Trump said, Well, if — 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,” he said.  “I mean, if you look, this administration created ISIS by leaving [Iraq] at the wrong time. The void was created, ISIS was formed.”

“If Putin likes Donald Trump, guess what, folks? That’s called an asset, not a liability,” said the president-elect.

“Now, I don’t know that I’m going to get along with Vladimir Putin,” he said. “I hope I do. But there’s a good chance I won’t.”

“And if I don’t, do you honestly believe that Hillary [Clinton] would be tougher on Putin than me?” said Trump.  “Does anybody in this room really believe that? Give me a break.”

Trump’s press conference was held in New York City on Wednesday, Jan. 11. A transcript of the press conference can be read here.

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