After meeting informally with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the APEC economic conference in Vietnam, President Trump told reporters that Putin didn’t meddle in the 2016 presidential elections, a view that runs contrary to the findings of the U.S. intelligence community which concluded in early 2017 that meddling was authorized by the highest level of the Russian government.
President Trump said that he asked Putin again in Vietnam if he meddled in the 2016 U.S. elections and was told no.
Admitting to reporters that he’d rather have Putin get out of Syria and work with him on the Ukraine, President Trump said the “whole thing was set up by Democrats” regarding the past claims of Russian meddling which he later referred to as an “artificial thing.”
President Trump explained that he had “two or three very short conversations” with Putin and they spoke about Syria and deescalating the conflict where troops on both sides have converged in a proxy war with a shared objective of defeating ISIS.
On Twitter, President Trump unloaded a fresh round of tweets about Russia on Saturday, including one tweet that reveals his newly discovered faith in Russia to help solve world conflict zones.
“When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. There always playing politics – bad for our country. I want to solve North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, terrorism, and Russia can greatly help!” Trump tweeted on Saturday.
When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. There always playing politics – bad for our country. I want to solve North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, terrorism, and Russia can greatly help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2017
President Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One that Russia could really help the United States with North Korea where there is a big problem.
“And because of the lack of a relationship that we have with Russia because of this artificial thing that’s happening with this Democratic inspired thing, we could really be helped out a lot, tremendously, with Russia having to do with North Korea” Trump said.
President Trump is concerned about Putin being “insulted” by past accusations from the U.S. intelligence community concerning the Russian government orchestrating the meddling efforts during the 2016 election.
“Don’t forget, all he said is he never did that, he didn’t do that. I think he’s very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country” Trump said.
Taking the side of Russian President Vladimir Putin with allegations of Russian meddling while blaming Democrats, and refusing to blame Beijing over the trade imbalance with China that reached over $300 billion in 2016, while blaming former Democratic President Barack Obama’s former trade policies are just a few of the takeaways from President Trump’s 12 day Asian trip thus far.
In Trump’s new orbit, Democrats are more of an enemy than China and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
President Trump stated that Putin “is very very strong in the fact that he didn’t do it” and rejected the notion that 17 U.S. intelligence agencies had already concluded early this year the Russian government was behind the election meddling.
“And then you hear it’s 17 agencies. Well, it’s three. And one is Brennan and one is whatever. I mean, give me a break. They’re political hacks” President Trump said.
“So you look at it….I mean, you have Brennan, you have Clapper, and you have Comey. Comey is now proven to be a liar and he’s proven to be a leaker” President Trump said.
“So you look at that, and you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with that. Now, you’re not going to get into an argument. You’re going to start talking about Syria and the Ukraine” Trump concluded.
President Trump and Russian President Putin released a joint statement on Saturday confirming their determination to defeat ISIS in Syria and expressed their satisfaction with successful U.S.- Russian enhanced de-conflict efforts between their military professionals that have accelerated ISIS’s losses on the battlefield in recent months.
The Presidents agreed that there is no military solution to the conflict in Syria and confirmed that the ultimate political solution to the conflict must be forged through the Geneva process, pursuant to UNSCR 2254.
The Presidents “took note of President Assad’s recent commitment to the Geneva process and constitutional reform and elections as called for under UNSCR 2254” and they also reviewed ceasefire progress in Southwest Syria that was finalized the last time the two Presidents met in Hamburg, Germany on July 7, 2017.
President Trump noted that he had a good meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and said that the successful implementation of the agreements will save thousands of lives.
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