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Carson: ‘I Don’t Want to Talk About Trump’

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is tired of talking about Donald Trump.

“I don’t want to talk about Trump,” he said when asked about the outspoken billionaire on the Fox Business Network’s “Cavuto Coast to Coast.”

“We need to have a global strategy,” Carson told host Neil Cavuto after shutting down his questions about Trump’s stance on international conflict.

“I do not want to allow Vladimir Putin to expand his influence,” he said of the Russian president. “That has been his goal for quite some time now.”

“He was very disappointed with the dissolution of the Soviet Union and its influence worldwide,” Carson added of Putin. “We cannot contribute to his ability to regain that.”

Carson confirmed that he believes President Obama should be tough on Putin.

“I don’t think we should back down from Putin right now,” the retired neurosurgeon said.

The Hill reports:

“He needs to understand that if he continues with this activity, we are going to use all the facilities available to us — including financial facilities — to inflict pain on him,” Carson said.

“We need to have [a] missile defense system reestablished as he was horrified when it was there before,” he said, citing Putin’s animosity toward missiles defending U.S. allies in Eastern Europe. “Let’s get in his face a little bit.”

Carson also charged that he would push back against Putin harder in Syria were he commander in chief.

“We need to make him aware that we’re not going to alter our flight patterns or be restricted by anything he says,” he said of Putin.

“I would [also] establish a no-fly zone along the Turkish border [with Syria],” Carson added. “We don’t want the forces to be in juxtaposition.”

Carson’s remarks come as he chases Trump’s lead in the race for next year’s GOP presidential nomination across multiple national polls.

Trump has 22.8 percent to Carson’s 17.3 percent, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of samplings.

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