Donald Trump continued to praise Vladimir Putin on Friday, saying that he has a "good feeling" about the Russian president and suggesting that, if he is elected to the White House, the U.S. and Russia could "be a positive force together."
"And I've always had a good instinct about Putin, for me, " Trump told Iowa radio host Simon Conway. "I just feel that that's a guy—and I can analyze people and you're not always right, and it could be that I won't like him. But I've always had a good feeling about him from the standpoint. I know that Obama and him have never gotten along. I watched the two of them sitting in their two chairs as the press is taking their pictures and you can see there's hatred in both cases, all right?"
Trump criticized Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who denounced Trump for his position that Russia bombing ISIS was advantageous to American interests.
"We actually had senators, you know, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, these guys are saying, like, if we let Russia do it, it's like we're losing prestige or something. There's no prestige," he said. "We want to get rid of ISIS, we want to get rid of them effectively, surgically, fast and strong. But you know, I really believe that Russia and the United States can be a positive force together, as opposed to really working negatively with each other all the time."
In the interview, Trump also explained how he would convince Congress to approve his plan to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, saying that he would "sell them" and "cajole them" and "work it."
"I've always gotten along with politicians. I will get the politicians to do what I want and they will do it," he said. "You know, it's called, you have to sell them, you have to cajole them, you have to work it, but that's what I do. That's why I got along with Hillary Clinton when she was a pol—because I ran—I run a huge business and it was my obligation to get along with politicians."
Conway also brought up the redacted pages from the Senate 9/11 report, asking Trump, "If you become president, will you release those to the public?"
"I think the answer is yes," Trump answered. "I think you'll see things that are unbelievable, toward our so-called allies, you know, I use the world 'so-called.' I think you'll see things that are unbelievable toward our 'allies'. In other words, what they did. And I think it's something—yeah, I would bring it up. Yeah, I think I would."
"In all fairness, if I thought it was gonna cause a lot of problems for no reason then maybe, you take a pass, but I would be inclined to release, just to show that what I've been saying has been right for so many years," Trump continued. "You know, I practically know what that says and even the country and countries that we're talking about without even having to read it. But yeah, I think I would be much inclined to release it."
Christopher Massie is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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