Offbeat 'What am I gonna do? He may deny it': Trump says he'll bring up election meddling with Putin

18:26  12 july  2018
18:26  12 july  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Trump and U.S. delegation to bring up election meddling with Putin

  Trump and U.S. delegation to bring up election meddling with Putin <p>President Donald Trump intends to raise the issues of arms control, Ukraine, Syria and election meddling during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, an official said.</p>The official stressed that while U.S. officials have "repeatedly" raised election meddling in meetings with Russian officials, "the fact of the matter is we have not had the kinds of conversations, direct conversations, across the table conversations about things like election meddling and malign activity that really do need to take place.

' What am I gonna do ? He may deny it ': Trump tells the press he ' ll raise their 'favorite question' by bringing up election meddling with Putin . Said he would tell him : 'Don't do it again'. The Intelligence Community concluded Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election .

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - President Donald Trump said Friday he plans to bring up Russian election meddling during his upcoming summit with Vladimir Putin , part of a wide-ranging list of topics that could include sanctions and the status of Crimea.

a man wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam, in 2017. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam, in 2017. President Donald Trump said he would once again raise the sensitive issue of election meddling with Russian President Vladimir Putin – then predicted his counterpart "may deny it."

Trump brought up his upcoming Helsinki summit with Putin as he took reporters' questions at the NATO summit in Brussels. But he took a fatalistic attitude about what might happen.    

"What am I gonna do? He may deny it," Trump said. 

"It's one of those things. All I can say is: 'Did you?' And "Don't do it again,'" he said.

Pompeo says Trump-Putin summit should proceed

  Pompeo says Trump-Putin summit should proceed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said President Donald Trump should proceed with his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday even as the political fallout continues over the indictments of 12 Russian military intelligence officers for hacking into Democrats' computer networks and emails during the 2016 presidential campaign. Despite calls by top Democrats in Congress for Trump to cancel the meeting, Pompeo told reporters on his flight back from Mexico Friday night, "I think it's very important that they meet.

President Donald Trump said Friday he plans to bring up Russian election meddling during his upcoming summit with Vladimir Putin , part of a wide-ranging list of topics that could include sanctions and the status of Crimea.

President Donald Trump suggested on Saturday he 's done confronting Russian President Vladimir Putin over his country's election meddling since it 's insulting to the Russian leader.

"But he may deny it. You'll be the first to know," he told reporters.

Trump also joked about the topic – which prompted a year-long Russia probe – as "your favorite question."    

"I think we go into that meeting not looking for so much," Trump said. "We want to find out about Syria' as one of the topics," he said.

"We will of course ask your favorite question about meddling," Trump said, raising the topic himself. "I will be asking that question again. But we’ll obviously be talking about other things."

He said he viewed Putin as a "competitor," but not as a "friend" or an "enemy."

Trump addressed Russia after clashing with U.S. allies inside the NATO military alliance and demanding allies pay more for "protection."

He continued to criticize Germany over an $11 billion pipeline deal with Russia.

"How do you have NATO and then you have somebody paying the people that you're protecting against?" Trump asked. "But maybe we'll get along with the people we're protecting against. I think that's a real possibility," he said.

Putin says summit with Trump 'very successful' .
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday said his summit meeting with US leader Donald Trump was "very successful", following several hours of talks in Helsinki.The leaders touched on issues including tensions on the Korean peninsula and the situation in Syria during their first summit, Putin said at a joint press conference."I consider them (the talks) very successful and useful," Putin said, praising the "frank and business-like atmosphere" of the summit.He said Trump had raised accusations of Russian interference in US elections."I had to repeat what I have already said many times before -- the Russian state has never interfered and is not planning to interfere in the USA's internal affairs," Putin said."It is obvious to everyone that bilateral ties are going through a difficult period. However there are no objective reasons for these difficulties, the current tense atmosphere," he said. Putin suggested special prosecutor Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is looking into interference in the November 2016 vote, send Moscow a request to interview the Russians he suspects of meddling. In response to a question about whether he had wanted Trump to win the election, Putin said he did, because the businessman had pledged to improve ties between Washington and Moscow.Putin praised cooperation between Russian and US security services, adding that he favoured continued cooperation in "the fight against terror and ensuring cyber security".The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said separately that the talks were "better than super" in comments reported by Russian news agencies.

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