U.S. President Donald Trump stated he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin when he denies collusion by his nation within the 2016 U.S. election.
The leaders met Monday in Helsinki for a summit hailed as a “excellent begin” by Trump. Putin and Trump had fiery responses to questions over Russia’s alleged function within the election in a press convention following their summit.
“President Putin was extraordinarily sturdy and highly effective in his denial in the present day,” Trump stated, later including he doesn’t see “any motive why” Russia would intrude.
The pair spoke privately for almost two hours as a part of the summit. In a press convention at its conclusion, questions from reporters typically centred across the ongoing investigation into Russian conllusion within the election that noticed Trump take energy.
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Trump stated he had raised the problem of alleged Russian meddling in U.S. elections in talks with on Monday.
“We spent quite a lot of time speaking about it. He feels strongly concerning the challenge and has an attention-grabbing concept,” Trump advised a joint information convention with Putin within the Finnish capital Helsinki.
Putin denied any such interference, saying the allegations have been “full nonsense.”
Trump additionally known as Particular Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the matter a “catastrophe for our nation.”
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“(Trump) touched upon the theme of Russia’s so-called meddling),” stated Putin. “I needed to repeat what I’ve stated earlier than, that the Russian state has by no means interfered and has no intention to intrude.”
U.S. intelligence companies imagine the Kremlin acted to affect the 2016 U.S. presidential election during which Trump received over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
— With information from Reuters
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