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Standing beside Putin, Trump calls Mueller probe a 'disaster'

17 Juillet 2018

US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin are meeting at a crucial summit in Finland, amid commotion about Russian meddling in US Elections 2016. "He can send us a request to question these people he suspects", Mr. Putin said of Robert Mueller, the former FBI Director who is looking into alleged Russian interference in the November 2016 vote.

"The president met with Putin after sparring for the better part of the past week with traditional US allies - first with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations over their levels of defense spending, and later with British Prime Minister Theresa May over her "Brexit" strategy, though he seemed to patch things up before leaving London", writes Fox. He called on Moscow and Washington to warm a period of frosty relations, largely because of the sizes of their nuclear arsenals. That led to an opinion among the Russian people that he was the preferable candidate.

"We spent a great deal of time talking about it". He noted that, like many countries, the United States has an extradition treaty with Russian Federation, where a country agrees to turn over someone in one country who is accused of criminal activity in another.

Diplomatic analysts have speculated that Trump and Putin could reach a "grand bargain" in which the Russian leader would support efforts to limit Tehran's regional meddling and curb its ballistic missile program, in return for United States acceptance of Russia's rights in Crimea.

Speaking at the joint news conference, Putin said: "I had to repeat that the Russian state never interfered, and does not plan to interfere, in internal American electoral process".

Trump said that Putin felt "very strongly about it" and had "an interesting idea" about how to settle the matter, without elaborating.

When the video first came out, former CIA Director Michael Hayden said on CNN that he found it "stunning" Russian Federation would show a video depicting Florida getting nuked and said "clearly" Putin "wanted us to see that".

After two hours alone in a room with their interpreters, Trump and Putin convened a more traditional-style bilateral meeting, seated at a large conference table surrounded by senior officials from both countries. But that doesn't mean they are bad.

Putin long has sought to meet with Trump, but the Russian leader was 35 minutes late to arrive at their closely watched summit in the Finnish capital. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be", Trump said.

United States allies and political analysts were concerned about what would happen when novitiate Trump came up against Putin, a seasoned politician backed by a long career as an intelligence officer. Notably, he also mentioned a desire to discuss Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Yet Trump seemed both unlikely and unwilling to broach the topic in the sit-down with Putin, leaving election hacking off the list of topics he wants to speak to Putin about this morning.

"Most importantly we have a lot of good things to talk about", Trump said after opening his remarks with praise for Russia's hosting of the soccer World Cup. Trump also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation needed to find Hillary Clinton's emails. "I believe that the ball is in the U.S. court", the Russian president said in an interview with the Vesti v Subbotu (Saturday News) show on June 8, 2018.

"Our relationship has never been worse; however, that changed as of four hours ago", Trump told reporters.

Famous for his tardiness at official talks, President Vladimir Putin did it again Monday - to U.S. President Donald Trump. "But I could name others, also".

"Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse", Trump tweeted Monday morning, blaming "many years of USA foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!".

Asked if Russia could extradite the 12 Russian military intelligence officers, Putin challenged the take advantage of a 1999 agreement envisaging mutual legal assistance.

US officials largely disagree with the President, noting that "Russia's interference in the 2016 USA presidential election, use of a nerve agent on British soil and aggression in Ukraine and Syria have worsened relations", according to the Washington Post (paywall).

Standing beside Putin, Trump calls Mueller probe a 'disaster'