Barely a day after President Donald Trump met with Vladimir Putin and said he believed all accusations against his Russian counterpart were fabricated, the billionaire president has somehow “neutralized” his thoughts.
Image shows President Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump during the economic summit in Vietnam.
Both presidents shook hands and had some brief chats on the sidelines during Saturday’s economic summit. However, the American says he’s not interested in probing further on the 2016 presidential election results.
The 71-year-old president spoke with newsmen aboard Air Force One as he traveled to Hanoi, which was his second-last stop of his trip around Asia.
In his words: “He [President Putin] said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did.”
He continued, “Every time he sees me, he said: ‘I didn’t do that.’ And I believe, I really believe that when he tells me that he means it.”
Mr Trump added that his Russian counterpart feels embarrassed and insulted by the accusation, which Kremlin sees as an “artificial barrier” orchestrated by Democrats to destroy their leadership goals.
The statement sparked doubts that Putin may be innocent after all, but the US Intelligence agencies would have it differently, having concluded that Russia played a big role in Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton.
Although both presidents were in Vietnam for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, they didn’t have a private table for discussions. Rather, they shared a few informal chats on the sidelines and reportedly agreed on some principles for the future of Syria.
During his speech at a press conference in Vietnam, Mr Trump said he’s no longer interested in arguing with Putin over meddling and added that his interest is on building a solid co-operation with Russia to solve world problems, especially on North Korea’s nuclear armament.
“What he believes, he believes,” the American president said in reference to Putin’s denials.
“Having a good relationship with Russia’s a great, great thing. And this artificial Democratic hit job gets in the way,” Trump told reporters. “People will die because of it.”
“He said he didn’t meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times,” Mr President added.
“Well, look, I can’t stand there and argue with him.
“I’d rather have him get out of Syria, to be honest with you. I’d rather have him, you know, work with him on the Ukraine than standing and arguing about whether or not – cause that whole thing was set up by the Democrats.“