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Trump Respects Putin, Says 'Getting Along' With Russia Will Help Defeat Daesh

© AP Photo / Militant website via AP, FileIn this undated file photo released by a militant website, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, militants of the Islamic State group hold up their weapons and wave its flags on their vehicles in a convoy on a road leading to Iraq, while riding in Raqqa city in Syria
In this undated file photo released by a militant website, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, militants of the Islamic State group hold up their weapons and wave its flags on their vehicles in a convoy on a road leading to Iraq, while riding in Raqqa city in Syria - Sputnik International
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Good relations between the United States and Russia would be a "good thing" especially if cooperation contributed to the defeat of Daesh jihadist group, US President Donald Trump said Sunday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Answering a question whether he respects the Russian president in an interview with the Fox broadcaster, Trump said that he does, noting that good ties with Moscow would help to fight terrorism.

"I do respect [Russian President Vladimir] Putin. I respect a lot of people, but that does not mean I’m going to get along with them. He is a leader of his country. I say it’s better to get along with Russia than not and if Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS [Daesh] which is a major fight, and Islamic terrorism all over the world, major fight, that’s a good thing," Trump said in an interview that was partially aired on Sunday.

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At a joint press conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May on January 27, Trump said that a good relationship with Russia and possible cooperation against Daesh would be beneficial and something that he was ready to consider.

Donald Trump has repeatedly advocated establishing a political dialogue with Moscow, particularly in regards to the fight against terrorism, and expressed readiness to build positive relations with Russia. Moscow has long been promoting the idea of fruitful cooperation with Washington.
Trump also said that maintaining good relations with Putin was his "asset, not a liability."

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