Trump, Putin stress need for more Syria talks

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"Those claims, you are mentioning, yes, of course, I am aware of them, though I learned about whatever relations between my relatives and representatives of the [US] Administration or whatever officials only yesterday from Mister [Dmitry] Peskov [the president's press secretary]", Putin told a reporters after the APEC summit.

Trump said he asked Putin again about the allegations, "you can only ask him so many times".

Putin, at a briefing for reporters at the end of the summit, said there was still a need for further U.S. -Russia contacts, both at the level of heads of state and their officials, to discuss issues including security and economic development. "Every time he sees me he says, 'I didn't do that, ' and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it".

He said Comey, whom he fired in May as pressure was building over the Russian Federation allegations, was "a liar", and he reiterated that Putin had "vehemently" denied any meddling.

Special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees are investigating Russian efforts to influence the election on Trump's behalf. After Trump's comments, the Central Intelligence Agency said its director, Mike Pompeo - who is close to Trump - stood by the January assessment, something a Central Intelligence Agency spokesman told me last week.

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"You are not going to get into an argument, you are going to start talking about Syria and the Ukraine", he said.


He said: "I think these are some sort of fantasies". "President Trump is not getting played by anybody".

In the statement, Trump noted that "he had a good meeting with" Putin, adding that the successful implementation of the agreements "will save thousands of lives". Two former top United States intelligence officials said yesterday they fear President Donald Trump is being manipulated by Russian President Vladimir Putin, after Trump said he believed Putin was honest in denying Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

However, the president has suggested it is more important to work with Russian Federation, explaining to reporters, "I can't stand there and argue with him, I would rather have him get out of Syria, I would rather get to work with him on the Ukraine".

"It's very clear that the Russians interfered in the election and it's still puzzling as to why Mr. Trump does not acknowledge that, embrace it and also push back hard against Mr. Putin", he said. Trump has met his Russian counterpart only one for such a face-to-face bilateral session, at the G20 summit in Germany in July.

"'China likes me", Trump said.

Video from the summit in the seaside city of Danang, Vietnam, showed President Trump and Putin shaking hands and chatting, including during the world leaders' traditional group photo. "Obama tried also, but he had zero chemistry with Putin", he tweeted on Saturday. He said US-Russia ties remained in a precarious condition. "The Democrats wanted to have a good relationship with Russian Federation, but they couldn't do it because they didn't have the talent to do it".

"I don't know why the ambiguity about this", Brennan said.

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