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Cuomo Accuses Trump Camp of Wearing 'Blinders' on Russia

By    |   Tuesday, 13 Dec 2016 10:35 AM

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Tuesday accused President-elect Donald Trump's camp of wearing "blinders" when it comes to Russia, telling transition team Communications Director Jason Miller that it makes it "suspicious" when Russia's activities concerning the recent election aren't being condemned.

"I don't think we have to look at him as the enemy immediately," Miller, appearing on the "New Day" program, told Cuomo about Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"It would be insane to come in on Day 1, before we've started sitting down and negotiating with people, looking for places where we can work together, and start taking people off the table and saying there's no way we can work with these people," Miller said.

And when Cuomo pressed the issue, saying that Putin tried to "affect the U.S. elections," Miller accused him of "trying to delegitimize the election."

"I'm talking about very simply Donald Trump won this election, now we're moving on. What we're talking about today is how we're going to re-establish America's place in the world on the international stage," said Miller, who was on the show to speak about the nomination of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who was officially nominated as secretary of State on Tuesday.

Tillerson's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin has come under fire from many critics from both political parties, but Miller described the veteran oilman as "someone who's been a business leader on the world stage, someone who's put together multilateral and bilateral direct deals."

Tillerson has put together deals not only in Russia, but in China and in the Middle East, and "every theater you can imagine in the world."

And with Tillerson, the Trump administration will have a person who can "go in and understand what it's like to work with finance ministers, someone who can go in and understand what it's like to work with different leaders," said Miller. "A country doesn't necessarily have to be our best ally. That doesn't mean they have to be our enemy from day one. That's the type of relationship Tillerson will bring."

Tillerson was chosen from a wide slate of people, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Gov. Mitt Romney, and Sen. Bob Corker, and Miller said that's because he has "proven himself on the world stage."

"He's a world-class, absolute negotiator," said Miller. "We have to get back to winning for Americans. Someone who can put together good, tough deals. Rex Tillerson has actually stood up and said no to Vladimir Putin."

Tillerson is also well known as "one of the toughest negotiators in the entire planet," said Miller. "When he goes in and gets that deal just the same way he's been fighting for shareholders, he now will start fighting for the American citizen to make sure that we're getting good deals. So he's someone who can put these deals together, who can sit down across the table and represent not just the administration but our country on the world stage. "

Tillerson will also work with other countries to defeat radical Islamic terrorism and ISIS, said Miller.

"He's someone who understands the importance of a stable geopolitical environment to grow economies and look out for human safety," said Miller. "In a lot of places, you've had administrations or regimes who have gone unchanged over the years. In many cases, the business leaders, the people who Rex Tillerson has been dealing with, have been the same. He has these relationships where he goes in and sits down, the trust has already been built there."

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