President Donald J.Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin communicated on a few occasions while in Vietnam this week. Both leaders crossed paths while attending the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.
Trump, who is on a 12-day trip overseas, told reporters Saturday that Putin is completely denying that his country played a hand in influencing the 2016 election between himself and Hillary Clinton.
“He said he didn’t meddle,” Trump told reporters while traveling on Air Force One. “He said he didn’t meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times. I just asked him again. He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did.”
Although Putin denies having any involvement, the elite media is already on the attack by pointing out that numerous U.S. intelligence agencies claim they have evidence that proves Russia tried to influence the election. Tack on the Democrats who are calling Putin’s claims false. They point to the political ads allegedly placed by Russian operatives on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.
“Every time he sees me he says, ‘I didn’t do that,’ and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it. But he says, ‘I didn’t do that.’ I think he is very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country,” added Trump.
Trump told reporters on the flight from Danang to Hanoi that he and Putin largely discussed Syria in their “two or three very short conversations.”
At about the same time, the Kremlin issued a joint statement for both presidents about the countries’ “successful” and continuing efforts to defeat the Islamic State terror group, or ISIS, in Syria, the caliphate’s last stronghold.
In Syria’s years-long civil war, Putin has backed the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al Assad, while Western allies have supported his ousters.
“I would rather have him get out of Syria,” Trump told reporters. “If we had a relationship with Russia, that would be a good thing. In fact, it would be a great thing, not a bad thing.”
Although Robert Mueller continues to probe into the possibility that the Trump campaign colluded with Putin and the Russians during the 2016 campaign, it remains a mystery why the Department of Justice is not launching an investigation into Hillary Clinton and her campaign team considering they helped pay for false information obtained from the Russians about Trump, and how she played a major role in the Uranium One deal during the Obama presidency.
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