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Trump senior adviser does interview with Russian state-run media outlet

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Anthony Scaramucci, a member of the transition team executive committee and founder of investment firm SkyBridge Capital, arrives at Trump Tower, Jan. 5, 2017 in New York City. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Anthony Scaramucci, senior adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, granted an interview to the Russian state-run media outlet TASS on Tuesday and touted the potential future relationship between the U.S. and Russia.

Scaramucci told TASS, “The new American president is saying is that he has an enormous respect for the Russian people and the legacy of the relationship that the U.S. has with Russia, which dates back to World War II." He added:

We were two nations in the heat of battle during the Cold War, yet there was enough mutuality of respect that we kept all of our citizens safe during that period of time. So I think he has a perspective, a stock of perspective, he’s a man of tremendous common sense, and I think his position, his belief is there’s probably shared values or shared interests, that we can align ourselves with each other and this could be mutually beneficial.

Scaramucci added that “there may be antagonisms that either we have to fix."

"Or we can still stay antagonistic with each other, but [Trump] is a realist," he said. "He has enormous respect for the Russian people and Russian culture and so he is signaling that, hopefully, whatever the hostilities may be, perhaps we can improve them over the coming years.”

Trump has used a friendlier tone toward Russian President Vladimir Putin than his predecessors did.

Mediaite notes that during his campaign, Trump became the first U.S. presidential candidate to appear on the Russian state-owned outlet RT America. His campaign later claimed that they thought the interview would be broadcast elsewhere.

(H/T: The Hill)

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