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From the December 13 edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe

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NICK CONFESSORE: Chairman, just to follow up, is the president-elect's view that we should keep sanctions [against Russia] in place or not?

REINCE PRIEBUS: Well that's something -- look, here's what I would say. I am not prepared to outline our foreign policy to you, but --

CONFESSORE: You're not sure right now?

PRIEBUS: Well here’s what I would tell you, if you’re going to have sanctions in place, they need to be enforced. That I can tell you for sure is something that he believes in, and as far as where that product goes next, you have to just wait and see. I mean we’re just getting our cabinet put together now, and as I think [the] president-elect outlined many times over the last six weeks, sitting down with our generals, sitting down with our leadership, formulating our policy, and revealing that to the American people will be the first order of business.

MIKA BRZEZINSKI (CO-HOST): John Bolton, is he in consideration for deputy secretary of state?

PRIEBUS: Well look I think everything is in consideration, Mika. We’re not eliminating people, and I’m certainly not going to announce the elimination of folks right now.

BRZEZINSKI: Why not? Why don’t you start here?

JOE SCARBOROUGH (CO-HOST) We will give you a whiteboard the next time you come. You can just draw a line through names in real time. I’m excited.

PRIEBUS: Right. But here’s – you know that President-elect Trump -- and I know you all speak frequently -- and Rex Tillerson and others in the entire team are going to sit down with Vice President-elect [Mike] Pence and make those decisions, and they’re coming soon, but not imminent.


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