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Rob Portman: Better Relations With Russia Good But 'We Need to Be Careful'

Rob Portman: Better Relations With Russia Good But 'We Need to Be Careful'

Sen. Rob Portman (AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:02 PM

Improved relations with Russia under a President Donald Trump "would be important for global peace," Sen. Rob Portman said Wednesday, but "we need to be careful with regard to some of the specific policies."

"Yes, of course, we want a better relationship with Russia, China and other countries around the world," the Ohio Republican, who was elected to a second term on Tuesday, told Jake Tapper on CNN. "There is an opportunity here.

"This could be a fresh start.

"Does that sound familiar?" he added, harkening back to positions voiced early in the Obama White House. "We have to be sure that it's based on the right kinds of policies and that it's in our national-security interest."

Moving forward, Portman invoked Trump's victory speech in New York in expressing his hopes for his future administration.

"He gave a terrific speech. He talked about the fact that we need to come together to solve problems.

"He said he'll reach out to every American. He said, 'For those who haven't voted for me, I want your guidance and your ideas.' I like that.

"Hillary Clinton's comments were hopeful, when she talked about keeping an open mind, this is a fresh start," Portman continued. "President [Barack] Obama also spoke this afternoon and set pretty-much the same tone with his remarks.

"I think there is an opportunity now.

"It's in everybody's interests, because it's the right thing to do — but I also think it's what the American people want."

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Improved relations with Russia under a President Donald Trump "would be important for global peace," Sen. Rob Portman said Wednesday, but "we need to be careful with regard to some of the specific policies."
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