President Trump said he believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin was "likely" involved in assassinations poisoning, but he appeared to reject the gravity of these acts and noted that they were not in the United States had taken place.
"Probably he is, yes, probably," Trump told Lesley Stahl of CBS when she was asked in an interview on "60 Minutes" whether Putin was involved in "assassinations, poisonings."
"But I rely on it, it's not in our country," added Trump.
A long line of Russian dissidents, journalists, and others critical of Putin have been poisoned or died under mysterious circumstances; In one of the recent cases, Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy, and his daughter in the UK were allegedly poisoned by Russian activists. Russia denies any involvement in the attack.
Trump's comments confirmed his recent comments to the Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi, who is missing. Trump has praised "severe punishment" for Saudi Arabia if the United States states that Saudi agents killed Khashoggi, but he also noted that the disappearance of the columnist has taken place in Turkey and Khashoggi is not, to our best knowledge, a United States citizens. "
Trump admitted that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential campaign, but he also tried to blame other countries.
" They interfered. But I think China interfered as well, "he said.
Later, he mocked the idea that his campaign would seek help from Russia.
" Do you really think I would call Russia for a ballot? to help? Give me a break, "Trump said." They could not help me at all. Call Russia. It's so ridiculous.
The interview marks Trump's first appearance on "60 Minutes" as President, having previously been interviewed for the program as President-elect in November 2016.
In the occasionally combative Sunday interview, Trump picked up on a wide range of topics including his relations with North Korea, NATO and the news media.
Trump declined to say whether he would fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and said only that "we'll see what happens midterms." He also declined to say that he will not finish the Russia investigation led by Special Adviser Robert S. Muller III, although he said he did not intend to do so.
Trump told Steel that he would tell North Korean leader Kim Jong Unfamiliar, but also warned: "That does not mean that I can not be proven wrong."
About Relationships With Europe, Trump said that the United States for so many years "dum he said, "although he will always be there with NATO", the other partners in the alliance have to "pay". It was said that the main reason for the failure of the North American free trade agreement to renegotiate
was earlier with the termination of the NAFTA agreement, "he said." The problem was, I got to know the leaders. I got to know countries. I did not want to do it right out of the box. He also defended a speech he delivered this month in which he ridiculed Christine Blasey Ford, the psychology professor who accused Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her two were teenagers before he
"If I had not given that speech, we would not have won," Trump said to Stahl, adding that he "did not really make fun of" Ford and "just said that she did not seem to know. "
The" 60-minute "interview, which was recorded on Thursday, comes when Trump got up his media appearances on the final leg before the Midterm elections in November.
Last week He has had more than half a dozen interviews and informal question and answer sessions with reporters, including a free-running 45-minute call with Fox & Friends. Chat with reporters aboard Air Force One and a surreal Oval Office tr effen with rapper Kanye West. This week he has an interview with Trish Regan of Fox Business Network, which airs Tuesday night.
The cable networks have begun reporting on the president's rallies. Trump has handed over the four Great America Against rallies with headlining titles in the last two weeks; he'll have three more in Montana, Arizona and Nevada this week.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Sunday showed that voter enthusiasm four years ago, with strongest growth among Democrats and young people, and non-white voters. Eighty-one percent of registered Democrats say they are "absolutely sure to vote" in November, compared with 63 percent in 2014. 79 percent of Republicans and 72 percent of independents say they plan to vote.
At the same time, Trump's approval rating has improved slightly since the summer, with 43 percent of registered voters voting for the job, which Trump holds as president and 53 percent disapproves.
In the interview, Trump said he was unsure whether Defense Secretary Jim Mattis would go down the administration and described him as a "kind of Democrat" under reports of friction between the two.
Trump said he has a "very good relationship" with Mattis and that the two of them had lunch "two days ago". but the president added that "it could be that he is going".
"I think he's some sort of democrat, if you want to know the truth," Trump said. "But General Mattis is a good guy, we get along very well, he can walk, I mean, everybody goes away someday, everybody, people go, that's Washington."
Mattis often has some of Trump's controversial remarks Foreign policy publicly traced, and the two have a tense relationship, reported long-time journalist Bob Woodward, a co-editor of the Washington Post, in his book "Fear
In one episode, Woodward reported that Mattis described Trump after a meeting of the National Security Council as" Five- or Sixth-graders. "In another episode, after Trump said he wanted to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Mattis is said to have agreed, but later he told an assistant," We're not going to do anything about it. " Mattis has denied making disparaging remarks about Trump, and the president said last month that the retired general "had a fantastic yo b has made ".
Trump argued with Stahl during the interview and declared twice, "I'm not a baby," and a point grows He was very treacherous when Steel tried to interrupt him to ask a question.
"Lesley, it's okay," Trump said. "In the meantime, I'm president, and you're not."