Trump tells under what conditions Putin may become his enemy

Trump tells under what conditions Putin may become his enemy

US President Donald Trump said that if his dealings with Russian President Vladimir Putin don't "work out, I'll be the worst enemy he's ever had."

Trump made the statement during an interview with CNBC that will air in full Friday at 6 a.m. ET on "Squawk Box."

In the same interview, Trump blasted his predecessor, President Barack Obama, for having been a "total patsy" for Russia — while claiming he has been "far tougher on Russia than any president in many, many years."

"Maybe ever," Trump added.

The president's comments came three days after he met with Putin in Helsinki, where his comments at a joint press conference with the Russian strongman drew widespread criticism both from Democrats and from his fellow Republicans.

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