NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) says he does not trust Vladimir Putin, but he also welcomes any help the Russian president can provide in removing chemical weapons from Syria.
“Obviously, we’re going to have to be real careful,” Schumer said of an agreement between Russia and the United States that could prevent a U.S. military strike on the Syrian government. “Neither (Syrian President Bashar) Assad nor Putin is to be trusted. … I am not a fan of Putin. I think he does many, many bad things in his country and elsewhere, but if he finds it is in his interest to come clean here and help, it’s a good thing.”
Schumer, speaking Sunday to 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck on the Lower East Side, added that it may be in Putin’s interest to disarm Syria of chemical weapons.