U.S. President Donald Trump said it would be a ''positive thing'' to mend U.S.-Russia relations but says ''fake reporting'' by the ''dishonest media'' is making it harder to make a deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Donald Trump makes remarks on the U.S.-Russia relationship, saying the media's "fake reporting" is making it harder to make a deal with them. "If we could get along with Russia, that's a positive thing," said Trump during a news conference at the White House on Thursday (February 16). "The greatest thing I could do is shoot that ship that's 30 miles offshore right out of the water," Trump said. He also said he didn't think Russian President Vladimir Putin was testing him. Trump's defense secretary on Thursday said he did not see possible military collaboration with Russia now, in a blow to Moscow's hopes to mend ties with Washington after Trump's election. The remarks are perhaps the strongest indication yet from the Trump administration that prospects for any significant cooperation between the U.S. and Russian militaries against Islamic State in Syria is unlikely anytime soon. They came despite repeated suggestions by Trump during his election campaign of the possibility of joint action against Islamic State militants.