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Scaramucci to TASS: Trump Respects Russia, Hopes For Mutually Beneficial Relationship

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By    |   Wednesday, 18 Jan 2017 11:23 AM

President-Elect Donald Trump has enormous respect for the Russian people and hopes to improve any difficulties there are between the two nations, Trump senior adviser Anthony Scaramucci, told TASS.

Trump's "belief is there's probably shared values or shared interests, that we can align ourselves with each other and this could be mutually beneficial," said Scaramucci, Trump's senior advisor for communications with business. "At the same time, there may be antagonisms that either we have to fix. Or we can still stay antagonistic with each other, but he [Trump] is a realist."

Regarding U.S. sanctions against Russia, Scaramucci said they probably have had the opposite effect and helped consolidate the Russians around President Vladimir Putin.

He stressed that the main goal is that "we have to make the world safer, we have to eliminate from the world the threat of radical Islamist terrorism, and we have to figure out the ways to grow the wages for working-class families. Whether in Russia or in the US, I think there're a lot of common objectives."

When asked if he thought a mutual understanding between the two countries could actually improve, Scaramucci said, "I'm an optimistic person by nature and so is the president-elect. I think the president-elect has the vision to see enough common interests where, hopefully, in a year from now the relationship with the Russian people and the Russian government and the United States will be better than it is today. That's our hope."

Scaramucci, speaking with TAAS while at the World Economic Forum in Davos, stressed that one of the ways "to get middle class wages and working class families' wages up in the U.S. … is through the symmetry of trade agreements."

He added that "we are for free trade but we want trade to be fair, we don't want it to be unbalanced against the U.S. anymore.

"We're big-time believers that more growth, more opportunity comes from trade, from commerce and we have no objections to the American multinationals investing anywhere in the world."

Scaramucci, founder of investment firm SkyBridge Capital, joined the Trump administration last week, The Wall Street Journal reported.

He told the Journal that his role is focused on selling Trump's agenda and communicating with the business community "trying to get the message out to inter-governmental agencies and businesses," stressing that "one of my personal goals is to get all the American people to see President-elect Trump as I see him."

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