But with Trump coming into power many thought that he would drop all the sanctions. Even after Obama launched a deputation of 35 Russian diplomats, Putin stayed calm and composed and did not impose any reaction at all.
In fact, h even invited the American diplomats to spend Christmas with Russia. This was perhaps a signal from Putin that he was hoping to enter a good relationship with Trump- and did not see any reason to stir up his relationship to America so close to the finish line.
"If Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions?" said Trump. "Everything is under negotiation. Everything will be concluded soon I guarantee you."
Trump was also asked if he agreed to the One China policy where the US does not recognize Taiwan as an independent state.
China got upset when Trump talked to the Taiwan president as a state representative. Traditionally the US president did not communicate with Taiwan directly.
Trump said even this policy is still under review even though it may lead to straining the relationship between The US and China.
China is one of the US biggest allies, and it is very rare that the US picks a fight with them. On the other hand, it is even rarer is that the US do not choose a fight with Russia over almost anything.