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GOP Intel Chair Warns Trump Against Getting Close to Putin

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Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

By    |   Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 04:10 PM

A high-ranking Republican congressman has warned president-elect Donald Trump not to get too close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, told the Washington Examiner he is 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.

"And now you have President-elect Trump who believes he can do the same thing," Nunes in an episode of the Examiner's "Examining Politics" podcast airing Thursday. "My advice to them has been, that, you know, many good people have tried. We'd like to see it happen, we'll see if President-elect Trump has any luck, but put me in the pessimistic category. I just think it's going to be tough to get anything done with Putin, but he'll try."

Nunes went on to say, despite Trump's often complimentary remarks on Putin, the media has been unfair in their criticism by not mentioning the similar tactics Obama and Bush applied in their first weeks as president.

"A lot of this is the epitome of fake news," Nunes said. "I don't see what Donald Trump is doing as any different than what Obama did or what George W. Bush did, as we were just discussing. I just don't see any difference whatsoever.

"Those of us that didn't trust Putin and would say things that were maybe disparaging, that was a problem to the administration. The administrations would always say, whether it was Bush or Clinton — Clinton, Bush or Obama — they would just say: 'Oh, can't say anything bad, got to work with the Russians . . . Well, that's the same thing Donald Trump's essentially saying."

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