P Trump, who lives in Japan, told a Russian television reporter that Russian President Vladimir Putin, after meeting the Russian head of state at the G-20 summit in Japan this weekend, is a "great guy" and one Had been "great person".
A reporter from Russia 24, a state-owned Russian television station, approached Trump and asked him how he liked his meeting with Putin. Trump replied with praise for the Russian leader. "He is a great guy. I think we had a really good meeting. I think he's a good person, we started discussing trade. I think we should trade between Russia and the US, two big countries. We had a great meeting yesterday. He's a great person, "said Trump.
The exchange was aired on Russian television.
Putin called Trump" a talented person "earlier this week and said Trump won the 201
"Russia has been accused, and strangely, it is still being accused of alleged interference in the US election," Putin said for him, seeing changes in American society, and he took advantage of them. "
Before the recent meeting The two leaders were asked by Trump on Friday whether he would ask Russia not to interfere in the upcoming presidential elections in 2020. Trump said: "Yes, of course I will," and turned to Putin smiling and said, "Do not get involved Putin chuckled when he heard the translation.
When Trump was asked what the two were, Trump said, "It's a great honor with Pre President Putin "and promised that" a lot of very positive things will come out of the relationship. "
Trump lit up his discussion with Putin at a press conference on early Saturday.
A reporter told Trump, "Regarding Russia, it seemed you did not really mean it when you said yesterday: 'Do not interfere in our elections, Mr President,' and then They both started laughing. "
Trump pushed back against the idea that he had been reckless. "Well, I said it. You have to look at the words. I said it, "he said, and after Trump had briefly expressed his desire to step up trade with Russia, he hinted that he had talked" a bit "with Putin during their private meeting about electoral issues.
Another The reporter said: "I think you mentioned that you spoke with Vladimir Putin privately about electoral problems. Have you spoken to him in a stricter tone? Did you tell him that there would be serious consequences? "I just talked about it," Trump replied, "Hey, we talked about it. "
Trump then made it clear that Putin still denies Russia's involvement in electoral issues" How many times can one make someone deny something? But he denied it in the past. He publicly denied it. But we talked about it, "said Trump.
Despite Putin's refusal, the US government issued an assessment of the Intelligence Committee in January 2017, blaming Russia and Putin himself.
The one after nearly two years of investigation in April Published 448-page report by Special Envoy Robert Mueller also concluded that the Russian government had interfered in the presidential elections of 2016, including through disinformation efforts of the Moscow social media Internet Research Agency and e-mail hacking against the Democratic National Mueller alleged that the stolen e-mails were made available to WikiLeaks via fronts operated by Russia.
Unlike his 2018 press conference in Helsinki, Trump did not point out that he was Putin Denial on Saturday believed At last September's press conference after a meeting with Putin, Trump said he wondered if he believed the US intelligence services, who blamed Russia for their intervention in 2016, or Putin's rejection, "I have President Putin – he has it only not said Russia. I say the following: I see no reason why this should be the case.
Trump also mentioned on Saturday that he and Putin were talking about capping for nuclear weapons and other forms of arms control.
The same reporter, however, addressed the question of electoral influence and expressed to Trump: "Did you address that in the Müller report? Did you articulate to him that you thought a disruption had occurred? "
Instead of answering directly, Trump gave his standard answer to the results of Muller's investigation." Well, the Müller report was a very good report, it was a good report, I had 18 people who hated me Müller, who was in complete conflict and obviously did not like me, had been in total conflict, and yet no obstacle, no collusion, that was a good report, "he said.
Mueller's report found that there had been no criminal coordination or conspiracy between the Russian government and the Trump campaign Cases of disability: Attorney General William Barr, along with then Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, concluded that the judiciary was not was hampered.