President-elect Donald Trump understands it's in America's interest to have a "very fruitful relationship" with Russia, and will receive information from the intelligence community this week that will allow him to come to conclusions concerning hacking incidents that occurred during the election season, incoming Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday.
"What the intelligence community does is provide principles with the raw data to make conclusions and draw inferences on what they believe," Spicer told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program. "Their job is not to come in and give you the conclusions. It's to give you the data."
Trump is not completely sold on reports that Russians were behind hacks into email servers for the Democratic National Committee and for Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta and has said he'll release his own report about the incidents once he hears more.
Meanwhile, establishing a relationship with Russia is important to the Trump administration, said Spicer.
"The fact is, this [Obama] administration tried to have a reset with Russia at the beginning and it failed," said Spicer, but the Trump administration "understands the importance of Russia and putting America's interests first in the geopolitical climate we live in. We'll do that. This president understands it's in America's interest to have a very fruitful relationship."
Spicer on Tuesday also said he expects Senate Democrats to drag out Trump's nominations for several Cabinet positions, which he pointed out did not happen in 2008 when a Republican Senate was tasked with confirming President Barack Obama's nods.
"They were very clear at the time how important it was that we allow these people to be confirmed to get to work immediately," said Spicer. "So I would ask them to abide by the same advice they gave us in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected and allow these highly qualified people to take office so we can start bringing change to this country."
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