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House Intel Chair: US Friendship With Russia May Not Be Possible

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By    |   Sunday, 08 Jan 2017 10:48 AM

House Intelligence Chair Rep. Devin Nunes said Sunday he's not sure "if it's possible" for the United States and Russia to be friends.

In an interview with "Fox News Sunday," the California Republican said it's understandable that President-elect Donald Trump is seeking a good relationship with Moscow.

"He wouldn’t be the first president to want to be buddies with [Russia] President [Vladimir] Putin," Nunes said.

California Rep. Adam Schiff, the committee's ranking Democrat, also told CNN it'd be great if Russia could be an ally, but, "It's not realistic and we need to be clear eyed and sober about just what the Russians are about."

Trump has been hit by critics – including some Republicans – for pushing a closer relationship with Putin.

"We would like to be friends with the Russians I just don’t know if it’s possible," Nunes said.

Nunes has previously questioned the likelihood of a Russia reset and told the Washington Examiner he's afraid Trump will make the same mistakes as the past two presidents in his dealings with Russia, who both attempted to start fresh with Moscow. 

Reuters contributed to this report.

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