President Donald Trump spoke with CNBC anchor Joe Kernen on Thursday just outside the Oval Office at the White House. The conversation touched on the state of the U.S. economy, America’s trade wars — and the president’s news-making remarks about the Federal Reserve’s ongoing interest-rate hikes.
Trump on U.S. relationship with Russia/Putin: “Getting along with President Putin getting along with Russia is positive not a negative. Now, with that being said if that doesn’t work out I’ll be the worst enemy he’s ever had – the worst he’s ever had.”
But Trump also said he valued the opportunity to improve the United States’ relationship to Russia, even after American intelligence agencies have said that Russia repeatedly tried to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
“”Getting along with President Putin, getting along with Russia, is positive, not a negative,” Trump said.
Later Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted that Trump asked National Security Advisor John Bolton to invite Putin to Washington in the fall.
The president’s comments came three days after he met with Putin in Helsinki, where his comments at a joint press conference with the Russian strongman drew widespread criticism both from Democrats and from his fellow Republicans.