Dr Jan Halper-Hayes said the President “sees Putin for who he is” but insisted the billionaire tycoon saw building bridges with Russia as an “advantage to the entire world”.
She said despite a willingness to work with Mr Putin the US would “put our feet down” if it needs to over allegations of electoral hacking.
The Republican commentator told Sky News: “I think the way the media made a bromance out of any positive comment Trump made about Putin – Trump really believes that the US has not gotten along with Russia for too many years.
“And he thinks it’ll be an advantage to the entire world, as well as to Russia and the United States, if in fact we do get along.”
Dr Jan Halper-Hayes said the two leaders having a good relationship would be good for "entire world"
He thinks it’ll be an advantage to the entire world, as well as to Russia and the United States, if in fact we do get along
Dr Jan Halper-Hayes
The former vice president of Republicans Overseas said Mr Trump was waiting for “concrete evidence” before making a judgement on relations with Russia.
“There is going to be an investigation to see if Russia did any meddling into our election,” she said. “I’m sure with all the fake news going on, probably, but the thing is we haven’t had concrete evidence yet.
“And so we are going to be firm with them. Donald Trump has been very open that he sees Putin for who he is but he still says if we can get along then it serves everyone.
“Once we have the evidence, don’t worry, we’ll make them accountable, Trump will make them accountable… if we need to put our foot down then we’ll put our foot down.”
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Dr Jan Halper-Hayes said the US would make a judgement on Russia once it saw "concrete evidence"
Dr Halper-Hayes then spoke about Vice President Mike Pence’s speech on Nato, in which he called America’s support for the organisation “unwavering”.
She also welcomed US Defence Secretary James Mattis hailing Nato as a “fundamental bedrock” of trans-Atlantic relations despite Mr Trump previously branding it “obsolete”.
“The issue for Trump is 27 of the nations don’t contribute anything and that is what bothers him,” the commentator added.
“And as long as they’re going to start being equal members then our commitment with our troops, with our finances will be there strongly.”
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