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Senator Ron Johnson's views on Russia, Putin differ from Trump

Posted at 9:58 PM, Sep 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-09 23:19:27-04

Republican Senator Ron Johnson once called Russia's leader a "megalomaniac." So what does he think about Donald Trump's praise for Vladimir Putin, and the latest nuclear test by North Korea?
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TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Charles Benson asked him.

"I wish Russia was no more than a friendly rival, as opposed to a growing adversary," said Sen. Johnson.
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The U.S. Senator and other Republicans are not on the same page with Donald Trump's recent praise of Russia's leader.

Trump stirred up controversy this week by praising Putin and suggesting he was "a leader, far more than our president has been a leader."
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Benson: Do you think Donald Trump underestimates how dangerous of a man he is and how concerned we should be about Russia?
Johnson: All I can do is convey my own feelings about it, Vladimir Putin is a danger to the civilized world.
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Johnson is also raising concerns about North Korea's latest nuke test and brazen defiance."We need to strengthen our missile defense shield," he says.
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Johnson called on tougher sanctions and more help from North Korea's chief trading partner - China.

Johnson: We do really need to work in partnership with China and have them bring pressure to bear as well - this is something the civilized world needs to address.
Benson: Do you think China has the best leverage to do something about it?
Johnson: Yes, without a doubt.
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Democrat Russ Feingold also talked with Charles Benson about North Korea; Feingold agrees China is a key player in all of this, and called for tougher sanctions.