15:43 Nov. 12, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump in exclusive interview to The Wall Street Journal revealed his first foreign policy steps to take.
Donald Trump said he has already heard from most leaders, though he hadn't yet spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping. He said he got a "beautiful" letter from Russian President Vladimir Putin, adding that a phone call between them is scheduled soon.
Also Trump suggested a shift away from what he said was the current Obama administration policy of attempting to find moderate Syrian opposition groups to support in the civil war there.
"I've had an opposite view of many people regarding Syria," he said.
He suggested a sharper focus on fighting Islamic State, or ISIS, in Syria, rather than on ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
"My attitude was you're fighting Syria, Syria is fighting ISIS, and you have to get rid of ISIS. Russia is now totally aligned with Syria, and now you have Iran, which is becoming powerful, because of us, is aligned with Syria. … Now we're backing rebels against Syria, and we have no idea who these people are," U.S. President-elect assures.
If the U.S. attacks Assad forces, "we end up fighting Russia, fighting Syria," Trump said.
No word on Ukraine, Crimea and Donbas war was asked or said.
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