GroundTruth Project Director Charlie Sennott joined BPR to talk about how President-elect Donald Trump will prioritize global affairs as he begins his term in 2017.

Sennott said Russia will be a top priority for Trump after he takes office.

“This relationship between President-elect Trump, his administration, and Putin is going to be one of the defining aspects of his foreign policy,” he said. “How is he going to sort this out?”

President-elect Trump tweeted last week praising Vladmir Putin for choosing not to retaliate against the U.S. for imposing sanctions as punishment for election hacks.

Sennott said this move was unprecedented.

“It is surreal to think that you have President Obama taking action against Russia and you have the president-elect contravening that and applauding a rival to the United States,” said Sennott. “That just blows my mind.”

Charlie Sennott is a news analyst at WGBH, where he also directs The GroundTruth Project. Hear his interview on BPR in its entirety by clicking on the audio link above.