Trump says Putin insulted by US election meddling claim

President Vladimir Putin feels insulted by allegations of Russian interference within the 2016 US election, Donald Trump has mentioned after assembly him briefly at an Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam.

“He mentioned he completely didn’t meddle in our election,” the US chief mentioned.

Mr Trump, who defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, mentioned the allegations have been a “Democratic hit job”.

The US intelligence neighborhood concluded earlier that Russia had certainly tried to sway the ballot in favour of Mr Trump.

The US justice division has appointed particular investigator Robert Mueller to look at any doable collusion involving Mr Trump’s group, and authorized motion has already been taken towards a number of former aides.

What are the allegations towards Russia?

President Trump has refused to acknowledge a reported assessment by the CIA and other intelligence agencies that Russia was behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in the run-up to last year’s presidential election.

The contents of the emails, handed to Wikileaks and posted on-line, have been embarrassing to the Democrats and shook up the presidential marketing campaign, which led to defeat for Hillary Clinton.

Along with the Mueller inquiry, congressional committees have been set as much as perform their very own investigations.

Relations between the US and Russia have been strained for years, with the Kremlin lengthy accusing Washington of in search of to sway elections in Russia and different ex-Soviet states together with Ukraine and Georgia.

Whereas Russian hackers are broadly suspected of involvement, there was no conclusive hyperlink to the Kremlin.

Denying that Russia had tried to intervene final yr by fostering contacts with Mr Trump’s marketing campaign, Mr Putin instructed reporters in Vietnam: “All the things concerning the so-called Russian file within the US is a manifestation of a seamless home political battle.”

What does Mr Trump say to the allegations?

He mentioned he believed Mr Putin had been “very insulted by” the allegations and that was “not factor” for America.

“He [Putin] mentioned he did not meddle,” he added. “I requested him once more.”

Requested if he believed Mr Putin, he replied, “He’s very, very robust in the truth that he did not do it. You’ve gotten President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he has nothing to do with that. Now, you aren’t going to get into an argument, you’ll begin speaking about Syria and the Ukraine.”

Trump out on a limb once more

Aleem Maqbool, BBC Information, Da Nang

Donald Trump as soon as once more goes towards the findings of his personal intelligence businesses.

As a result of though the US justice division is investigating the dimensions and nature of Russian interference within the election of 2016 (and any hyperlinks to the Trump marketing campaign), the American intelligence neighborhood has already lengthy decided that Russia did, certainly, intervene.

But Mr Trump recommended this story was not solely totally fabricated by his political opponents, it would even be costing lives in Syria, as a result of it’s getting in the way in which of his relationship with the Russian president and hampering their means to assist resolve the battle collectively.

“Individuals will die due to it, and it is a pure hit job, and it is artificially induced and that is a disgrace,” he mentioned.

It’s onerous to know what the president hopes to realize with this sort of rhetoric. The investigation goes on.

How did the 2 presidents get on in Vietnam?

Mr Trump and Mr Putin met for the primary time in July at a G20 summit within the German metropolis of Hamburg. In Da Nang they have been seen chatting briefly on three events inside 24 hours through the Asia-Pacific Financial Co-operation (Apec) summit.

Nonetheless, that they had no formal bilateral assembly, with Mr Putin blaming it on scheduling and protocol.

They’d heat phrases for one another, with the US president speaking of their mutual “superb feeling” and the Russian chief describing his counterpart as “well-mannered… and comfy to cope with”.

They did handle to log off a statement vowing to continue the battle against so-called Islamic State in Syria till the militants are defeated and calling for a political resolution to the battle.

How far has US justice division investigation progressed?

Final month, former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to having lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about the timing of meetings with alleged go-betweens for Russia.

He testified that Russian nationals had contacted him in an try to realize affect with the Trump marketing campaign, providing “grime” within the type of “1000’s of emails” on Mrs Clinton in April 2016 – two months earlier than the DNC emails have been leaked.

Mr Trump has played down the importance of Mr Papadopoulos, calling him a “low-level volunteer” and “liar”.

On Saturday, Mr Putin brushed apart US media experiences girl wrongly recognized by Mr Papadopoulos because the Russian president’s niece had provided to assist dealer conferences with Kremlin officers.

“I have no idea something about it and I believe it’s just a few fantasies,” Mr Putin mentioned.

Mr Trump’s former marketing campaign supervisor, Paul Manafort, and an affiliate have been additionally positioned underneath home arrest on prices of cash laundering because of the Mueller inquiry, however the prices don’t relate to the election.

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