President Donald Trump said Saturday in which Russia’s Vladimir Putin again denied interfering inside 2016 U.S. elections. however Trump declined to say whether he believed the Russian leader.
“He says he didn’t meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on the trip to Hanoi, Vietnam. “Every time he sees me, he said: ‘I didn’t do in which.’ in addition to also also I believe, I actually believe in which when he tells me in which he means in which.”
Trump in addition to also also Putin did not have a formal meeting while they were in Vietnam for an economic summit, however the two spoke informally many times in addition to also also reached agreement on quite a few principles for the future of war-torn Syria. however Trump made clear in which the issue of Russian meddling inside election hovers over the leaders’ relationship — Putin is actually “insulted” by the accusation, Trump said. In a blistering partisan attack, Trump accused Democrats of using the election issue to create a barrier between the U.S. in addition to also also Russia as the nations work on crises in Syria in addition to also also Ukraine.
“Having a not bad relationship with Russia’s a great, great thing. in addition to also also This particular artificial Democratic hit job gets inside way,” Trump told reporters, Yet again casting doubt on the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion in which Russia did try to interfere inside election. “People will die because of in which.”
Trump’s suggestion in which he may believe Putin over his own nation’s intelligence community is actually certain to re-ignite the firestorm over the election meddling. Meanwhile, a special counsel investigation of potential collusion between Moscow in addition to also also Trump campaign aides so far has resulted in two indictments for financial in addition to also also various other crimes unrelated to the campaign, as well as a guilty plea.
Trump said the probe into the election hacking was a “fake barrier” placed by Democrats in which was hurting the United States’ ability to have a relationship with Russia, a distraction in which was putting lives at stake.
The Kremlin issued a statement Saturday saying in which the leaders met during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in Denang in addition to also also reached agreement on quite a few principles for the future of the civil war-torn country right now in which the Islamic State group has largely been pushed out. Among the agreements’ key points, according to the Russians, were an affirmation of de-escalation zones, a system to prevent dangerous incidents between American in addition to also also Russian forces, in addition to also also a commitment to a peaceful solution governed by a Geneva peace process.
The Kremlin quickly promoted the agreement as the White House stayed silent. Trump told reporters in which the deal was reached “very quickly” in addition to also also in which in which would certainly save quite a few lives. in addition to also also he praised his relationship with Putin, saying “We seem to have a very not bad feeling for each various other in addition to also also a not bad relationship, considering we don’t know each various other well.”
Snippets of video of conference events have shown Trump in addition to also also Putin shaking hands in addition to also also chatting, including during the earth leaders’ traditional group photo. The two walked together down a path to the photo site, conversing amiably, with Trump punctuating his thoughts with hand gestures in addition to also also Putin smiling.
Journalists traveling with Trump were not granted access to any of the APEC events he participated in inside picturesque tropical seaside city.
White House officials worked quietly behind the scenes negotiating with the Kremlin over a formal meeting. The Russians raised expectations for such a session in addition to also also Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to Asia in which in which was “expected we’ll meet with Putin” to discuss issues including ramping up pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear in addition to also also ballistic weapons program.As speculation built, the two sides tried to craft the framework of a deal on the future of Syria in which Trump in addition to also also Putin could announce in a formal bilateral meeting, according to two administration officials not authorized to speak publicly about private discussions.
Though North Korea in addition to also also the Ukraine had been discussed, the two sides focused on trying to strike an agreement about a path to resolve Syria’s civil war once the Islamic State group is actually defeated, according to officials. however the talks stalled in addition to also also, minutes before Air Force One touched down in Vietnam, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters the meeting was off.
Putin in addition to also also Trump crossed paths many times during the conference.
The two men, each wearing traditional blue Vietnamese shifts, shook hands in addition to also also greeted one another as they stood side-by-side for the group photo of world leaders.
On Saturday, they were also seen shaking hands in addition to also also speaking briefly during one meeting, according to a Fox News videographer who was the only American journalist allowed into the room. Trump in addition to also also Putin were also seen chatting, with plenty of hand gestures coming from Trump, as they walked side by side to a dramatic vista overlooking the South China Sea for another group picture.
Trump who is actually on a lengthy Asia trip, attended meetings in addition to also also a lunch Saturday before heading to the capital city of Hanoi for a state visit.