WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that nobody has been tougher on Russia than him and that he'll hit Moscow with new sanctions "as soon as they very much deserve it."
He also said building a good relationship with Russia is a "good, not bad" thing.
Trump commented a day after an internal White House quarrel over the timing of potential new punishment for Russia exploded into public
"There's been nobody tougher on Russia than President Donald Trump," the president said, citing increased US military spending among his examples. "With the media, no matter what I did, it's never tough enough, because that's their narrative. But Russia will tell you, there's been nobody tougher than Donald Trump."