US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin

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Mr Trump and Mr Putin at their controversial assembly in Helsinki

US President Donald Trump has mentioned he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin in an hour-long name, protecting points together with the “Russian Hoax”.

“Had an extended and excellent dialog with President Putin,” the US president tweeted.

Mr Trump rebuked a reporter who requested whether or not he had warned Mr Putin towards meddling within the 2020 elections.

It was their first dialog for the reason that Mueller report cleared Mr Trump of colluding with Russia on the 2016 vote.

The Kremlin confirmed in an announcement the 2 had spoken, saying the decision had been initiated by the White Home.

Mr Trump and Mr Putin final spoke informally ultimately December’s G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, after Mr Trump cancelled the 2 leaders’ official assembly.

Mr Trump tweeted on Friday about their newest dialog: “As I’ve all the time mentioned, lengthy earlier than the Witch Hunt began, getting together with Russia, China, and everybody is an effective factor not a nasty factor.”

When requested within the White Home on Friday whether or not he had warned Mr Putin that Moscow shouldn’t intervene within the subsequent US presidential election, Mr Trump informed the reporter she was “very impolite”.

“We did not focus on that,” he mentioned.

“Getting together with nations is an effective factor and we wish to have good relations with everyone.”

However the White Home mentioned the matter of alleged Russian meddling had been broached within the name.

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Mr Trump has defended Russia prior to now over claims of interference within the 2016 election

Press secretary Sarah Sanders mentioned: “Very, very briefly it was mentioned, primarily within the context of that it is over and there was no collusion, which I am fairly positive each leaders had been very properly conscious of lengthy earlier than this name came about.”

Mrs Sanders additionally mentioned Mr Trump and Mr Putin had briefly mentioned the investigation by US Particular Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russian interference within the 2016 presidential election.

The White Home press secretary described the decision as an “general optimistic dialog”.

A redacted model of the particular counsel’s report was made public final month. It didn’t decide that the Trump marketing campaign conspired with Russia, however it detailed repeated efforts by Mr Trump to thwart an investigation he feared would finish his presidency.

Mr Mueller concluded his inquiry couldn’t exonerate Mr Trump of obstruction of justice, noting Division of Justice steerage that a sitting president can’t be criminally charged.