Donald Trump told reporters Thursday that he was “absolutely not” interested in working with Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the Russian president, in the White House.
Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity in an interview that he had spoken to Zhirinovks head of security, Sergey Ivanov, and they had agreed to meet in the Oval Office.
“There’s a chance I can get a better relationship with Vlad because he’s so great at what he does,” Trump said.
“I think he’s a great guy.
He’s a very talented guy, but he’s got a problem.”
The president also said that he would not work with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“As far as I’m concerned, I don’t have anything with him, but I’ll see how things develop,” Trump told Hannity.
“But I’m not going to work with Putin.”
On Thursday, Hannity asked Trump if he would consider working with Putin if he had the chance.
“You know, we’ll see,” Trump replied.
“If you had the opportunity, I would certainly look into it.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In the interview with Hannity, Trump also said he was disappointed by Russia’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
“We didn’t do the right thing,” Trump explained.
“It was one of the dumbest decisions ever made by anybody.
We were not going down the right path, and that was going to cost us, and it’s not going, because we’re going to have so many problems.”
Trump told the Fox News interviewer that he did not think the agreement was a bad thing.
“That’s why it worked so well,” Trump continued.
“And if you have the opportunity to work on something that you love, you want to do it.”