Trump: Only fools would oppose good U.S.-Russia ties

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump expressed his approval for good ties with Russia because the two countries could work together to solve the world's problems, saying only fools would oppose this idea.

(REUTERS / Stevo Vasiljevic)Pedestrians cross the street behind a billboard showing a pictures of president-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Danilovgrad, Montenegro, November 16. 2016.

In a Twitter statement posted on Saturday, Trump hailed having good ties with Russia as a "good thing." In a separate tweet, the U.S. President-elect predicted more respect from Russia once he takes his seat as America's new leader, The Christian Post relays.

"We have enough problems around the world without yet another one," Trump said on Twitter over the weekend. "When I am President, Russia will respect us far more than they do now and both countries will, perhaps, work together to solve some of the many great and pressing problems and issues of the WORLD!"

Trump's Twitter posts come on the heels of an intelligence report saying the hacked emails from Democratic National Committee campaign chairman John Podesta that were provided to WikiLeaks came from Russia. National intelligence director James Clapper said Moscow is an "existential threat" to the United .States,  ABC News reports.

In his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, Clapper said there is no way to know if the hacked emails swayed the results of the latest U.S. elections. However, he also expressed confidence in the issue of foreign meddling in light of the leaked Podesta emails.

For Trump, the email hacking could only be blamed on DNC's "gross negligence." In contrast with the DNC, he said the Republican National Committee's defense was strong.

After the hearing, reports surfaced about Trump's plan to replace Clapper with former Republican Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana. Coats, on the other hand, released a comment and promised to keep America's safety his top priority and to use all tools at his disposal to make sure that they will be on their guard against those planning to harm the country.

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