White House counselor Kellyanne Conway pushed back Thursday on accusations from Democrats that President Trump is more loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin than NATO allies. 

Conway said Trump is looking for a "commonality" with Russia in order to work for "peace and prosperity," and contrary to Barack Obama, has been "transparent" about his Russia policy.

"Which kind of president would you prefer? One who's caught on a hot mic promising flexibility in secret or President Trump, who's very transparent about it?" she asked on "Fox & Friends," citing President Obama's comment to then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev before the 2012 election. 

"Every time this president has had to push back on Russia, he has," she argued, citing sanctions on Russia, expulsion of diplomats, strikes on the Assad regime in Syria and a refusal to recognize the annexation of Crimea. 


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Trump wrapped up the NATO summit in Brussels with a press conference where he touted that other NATO members agreed to boost their defense spending commitments.



"Everyone’s agreed to substantially up their commitment. They’re going to up it at levels that they’ve never thought of before," Trump said.

However, French President Emmanuel Macron denied NATO members had agreed to push their defense spending beyond the previously agreed-upon two percent of GDP.  

Ahead of his Monday meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Trump called the Russian president a "competitor" when asked if he considered Putin a friend or a foe. 

"He's not my enemy. Hopefully someday, maybe, he'll be a friend," said Trump. 

Watch the interview above.


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