Putin expresses confidence in President-elect Trump amid Taiwan, Romney concerns

06-Dec-2016 Intellasia | CBS News | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview to be aired Sunday that he is confident that President-elect Donald Trump will soon realise the level of responsibility his job entails.

Despite Trump’s pro-Russian statements during the campaign, Russian politicians are concerned about reports that Trump is considering Mitt Romney, known for his harsh stance on Russia, to be his secretary of state.

Additionally, the president-elect has caused concern in Asia over his phone call with the leader of Taiwan, potentially upsetting long-standing relations with China.

Putin said in an interview with the NTV channel to be broadcast later on Sunday that he is confident Trump will make responsible choices.

“Trump was an entrepreneur and a businessperson. He is already a statesman, he is the head of the United States of America, one of the world’s leading countries,” NTV quoted Putin as saying in the interview on www.ntv.ru on Sunday.

“Because he achieved success in business, it suggests that he is a clever man. And if (he is) a clever man, then he will fully and quite quickly understand another level of responsibility. We assume that he will be acting from these positions,” Putin said.

The controversial Russian president has said previously he believes Trump can help improve Russia-US relations. His recent vote of confidence comes amid deep anxiety all over the world related to the changes a Trump administration will bring with it.

Putin said in an interview with the NTV channel to be broadcast later on Sunday that he is confident Trump will make responsible choices.

“Trump was an entrepreneur and a businessperson. He is already a statesman, he is the head of the United States of America, one of the world’s leading countries,” NTV quoted Putin as saying in the interview on www.ntv.ru on Sunday.

“Because he achieved success in business, it suggests that he is a clever man. And if (he is) a clever man, then he will fully and quite quickly understand another level of responsibility. We assume that he will be acting from these positions,” Putin said.

The controversial Russian president has said previously he believes Trump can help improve Russia-US relations. His recent vote of confidence comes amid deep anxiety all over the world related to the changes a Trump administration will bring with it.

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