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World Trump, Putin discuss Russian meddling in 2016 campaign. But accounts differ

00:11  08 july  2017
00:11  08 july  2017 Source:   msn.com

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But accounts differ . (Evan Vucci / AP). In one of the most high-stakes meetings of his new administration, President Trump sat down with Russian President Vladimir Putin , who U.S. intelligence agencies say personally ordered Russian spies to meddle in the 2016 election.

But accounts differ . President Trump met for more than two hours with Russia ’s President Vladimir Putin Friday, after which both sides offered seemingly contradictory accounts of their discussions about American intelligence findings of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

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HAMBURG, Germany — President Donald Trump met for more than two hours with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, after which both sides offered seemingly contradictory accounts of their discussions about American intelligence findings of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters in a televised briefing that Trump accepted Putin's contention that Russia "has not interfered in the elections" and called the controversy "strange and bizarre," according to the translation of Lavrov's remarks.

But Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said at an off-camera briefing with U.S. reporters that Trump began their conversation by "raising the concerns of the American people regarding Russian interference," which was followed by a "robust" and "lengthy discussion of the matter."

HAMBURG, GERMANY JULY 7, 2017: Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and US President Donald Trump hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg.© Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images) HAMBURG, GERMANY JULY 7, 2017: Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and US President Donald Trump hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg.

Trump and Putin agreed that the controversy over Russian interference in the election is a "substantial hindrance in the ability to move the U.S.-Russian relationship forward," Tillerson said, and they wanted to move on.

Trump: I 'strongly pressed' Putin on election meddling

  Trump: I 'strongly pressed' Putin on election meddling President Trump early Sunday said he "strongly pressed" Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit on Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election. The Highest Paying Cash Back Cards Available Today See The Best Cash Back Cards Sponsored by CreditCards.com "I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election. He vehemently denied it. I've already given my opinion....." the president tweeted."...We negotiated a ceasefire in parts of Syria which will save lives. Now it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia!" he added.

Sign in / Register. My account . Trump and Putin chat at Apec summit - video. Donald Trump said on Saturday he believes Vladmir Putin ’s denials of Russian involvement in the manipulation of the 2016 The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed.”

Vladimir Putin has said he thought Donald Trump believed his denials of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, following the two presidents’ Earlier, a spokesman for Putin had addressed the conflicting accounts of the discussions between Putin and Trump on what US intelligence agencies

"There was not a lot of relitigating the past," Tillerson added. "Both leaders felt there are a lot of things both of us are unhappy about" but they wanted to try to move past that. Lavrov separately said there "was a constructive atmosphere."

The two presidents decided to put together a "framework" to monitor cyberattacks and evaluate who should be "held accountable."

The conversation covered a range of other issues, including Ukraine, Syria, terrorism and cybersecurity, officials said.

The meeting went well beyond a scheduled 30 minutes — not surprising given past encounters between Putin and U.S. presidents. But it was nonetheless notable given the incredible scrutiny on this one, taking place against the backdrop of multiple investigations into Russian involvement in the 2016 elections and potential collusion involving former and current Trump aides.

"Both presidents were driven by their national interests, and they also both understood that both countries can do this only if we search for a balance between the interests of our two countries and if we want to main stability," Tillerson said.

Trump and Putin had exchanged cordial if lukewarm greetings in front of reporters before launching into the meeting, which included only the two presidents, Tillerson and Lavrov and two translators.

Trump Won't Say Whether Putin Meddled But Would Host Him in U.S. .
<p>President Donald Trump said he’s willing to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House “at the right time,” while repeatedly sidestepping questions about whether he believed Putin’s denials of meddling in the 2016 presidential election.</p>“Look, it’s very easy for me to say absolutely, I won’t” invite Putin to Washington, Trump told reporters traveling with him aboard Air Force One, according to excerpts of his remarks that were put on the record by the White House on Thursday. “That’s the easy thing for me to do, but that’s the stupid thing to do. Let’s be the smart people, not the stupid people.

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