In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump told that newly-imposed sanctions on Russia are going to remain “at least for some period” but could be lifted afterward.
He also said that the One China Policy – in which the U.S. takes China as one country including Taiwan – was up for negotiation.
The US Senate Committee announced earlier that it is going to investigate claims that Russia intervened in the election.
Mr. Trump said in the interview that sanctions on Russia could be lifted if it helped U.S. in fighting Islamic extremism and other matters.
“If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody’s doing some really great things?”
He also said that a meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin would be arranged. Trump said that Beijing should allow U.S. companies to compete by floating its currency, but he also clarified that he wouldn’t label China as a currency manipulator right after he takes office.
The announcement from the Senate Intelligence Committee came on Friday. Although the committee oversees intelligence on Russia, it said that recent events had raised “profound concern.” The announcement came a week after a report was released claiming Vladimir Putin likely attempted to turn the election in favor of Mr. Trump.
The investigation will interview both the current U.S. administration and the members of Trump’s campaign to ascertain whether there were any contacts between the people associated with the campaigns and Russia. The statement added that subpoenas would be issued “if necessary to compel testimony.”
Although most of the work will be done behind closed doors, the Senators say that they will try to hold open hearings whenever they possibly can. The statement read:
“The committee will follow the intelligence wherever it leads. We will conduct this inquiry expeditiously, and we will get it right.”
According to the Senators, both classified and unclassified reports of the findings will be produced.
The political week has been full of ups and downs. An unverified report appeared earlier in the week alleging Russia had compromising material on Mr. Trump which could be used against him.
The President-elect denounced the claims as “fake news” and “phoney stuff.” He also announced that his team would prepare a report on Russian hacking within 90 days.
An unclassified report was released earlier in the month by the U.S. intelligence which claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the hack of the Democratic Party emails to influence the election and damage Mr. Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton.
The report also claimed that Russia used state-sponsored propaganda and paid social media users – trolls – to launch online attacks.
In response to the hacking allegations, President Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats from U.S. in December.
Russians say that the hacking allegations against it in the Presidential election are “reminiscent of a witch-hunt.”