President-elect Donald Trump believes it's important for America to have a new relationship with Russia to ensure it doesn't "pose a threat to our national economic interests," incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says.
In an interview aired Sunday on ABC News' "This Week," Spicer blasted the Obama administration and its "failed" reset with Moscow.
"Donald Trump recognizes that a good leader is going to protect America’s interests by making sure that we have a relationship with Russia, that our interests are protected not theirs," he said.
"This president’s going to have a relationship with Russia, and understands that it’s in America’s interest to have a relationship with Russia where they don’t pose a threat to our national economic interests," he added. The Obama administration "wanted to have a relationship with Russia, and they failed."
Spicer also praised what Trump's already been able to accomplish – including Russia's reaction to the Obama administration sanctions and expulsion of Russian diplomats in retaliation for presidential election hacks.
"The Russian government says were going to retaliate in the equal sense," Spicer said. "And then Vladimir Putin says, 'you know what, I’m actually gonna wait until Donald Trump…' That’s actually good for our country… Donald Trump’s not president yet and he’s getting action, successes, and wins both abroad and here at home."
Spicer also said Trump's Twitter use will continue in the Oval Office, chiding the media for its outrage at the president-elect's frequent tweets that bypass traditional press conferences.
"I think it freaks the mainstream media out that he has this following of over 45 plus million people that follow him on social media, that he can have a direct conversation," he said.
"Business as usual is over, as I’ve said before," he added. "There’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s going to do things first and foremost for the American people."
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