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GOP rep to Trump: Think ‘long game’ in dealing with Putin

January 2, 2017
In The News

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) early Monday offered some advice for Donald Trump, saying the president-elect must consider the “long game” in dealing with Vladimir Putin.

“He thinks, five, ten steps ahead,” Zeldin said on CNN’s “New Day,” referring to the Russian leader. ”It’s a chessboard for him. When he is making a decision and pursuing a policy and making a statement today, he knows what his next move is.”

Zeldin, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Trump in any approach has to predict how Putin will respond.

“You can be hostile or friendly,” he said. “You have to play with what Vladimir Putin thinks are his own strengths as well as his nation’s weaknesses.”

Zeldin called Putin a “bad dude” who would love to put the Soviet Union back together.

“He’s an aggressor, a provocateur, he is an adversary to the United States,” he said.