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Trump Says Meeting With ‘Competitor’ Putin Could Be ‘Easiest’ All Week Ahead of NATO Summit

Donald Trump spoke to reporters just before heading off on his trip to Europe, where he suggested that he’s most looking forward to his meeting with Vladimir Putin.

The president took a variety of questions pertaining to the upcoming summit in Finland, along with visits to NATO and the UK. During this scrum, Trump said that the meeting with the Russian president “may be the easiest of them all.”

At one point, Trump was asked if Putin should be considered a friend or foe. Trump declined to go with either option, calling Putin a “competitor” instead.

“I think that getting along with Russia, getting along with China, getting along with others is a good thing, not a bad thing,” Trump said. “I’ve said that many times for many years, so we’ll see. We’ll see how that goes.”

Trump interspersed his remarks with defenses of his immigration policy and shots at NATO. The president took shots at NATO earlier today on Twitter, but he decided to get in a few more comments in about how the organization supposedly takes advantage of the U.S.

Watch above, via CNN.

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