Donald Trump is once again pushing back on characterizations by his Democratic rivals that he’s too cozy with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
He says at a rally in Henderson, Nevada, that people say, “Donald Trump loves Putin. I don’t love, I don’t hate, we’ll see how it works.”
Trump says that maybe he and Putin will have “a good relationship. Maybe we’ll have a horrible relationship. Maybe we’ll have a relationship right in the middle.”
But he is repeating his willingness to work with the strongman to combat Islamic State group militants despite disagreements between the two countries.
Trump says, “If we got along with Russia and Russia went out with us and knocked the hell out of ISIS, that’s OK with me.”
Washington this week suspended direct U.S.-Russian talks on a Syria cease-fire in a move blamed on Russia’s rejection of diplomacy in favor of helping the Assad government.
SOURCES: News Now/Associated Press