Pres. Trump: tremendous potential for USA relationship with Russian Federation

In a rare call, Trump and Putin spoke for more than an hour, their first known conversation since December and since tensions flared in Venezuela, where Washington backs opposition leader Juan Guaido and Moscow supports President Nicolas Maduro.

Sanders told reporters Trump and Putin talked about the possibility of a new multilateral nuclear accord between the US, Russia and China, or an extension of the current US-Russia strategic nuclear treaty.

Trump said that he has already spoken to China.

But Mueller's probe "did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities", according to the report.

When another reporter pressed again on whether he warned Putin against future interference, Trump replied: "We didn't discuss that". Standing next to Mr. Trump in Helsinki, Finland, closing July, he said, "Yes I did, sure I did, on legend of he talked about bringing the U.S. -Russia relationship aid to trendy".

"The president reiterated the need for a peaceful transition" in Venezuela, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters. Sanders said on Friday that Trump simply was "relaying what President Putin said to him".

Dick Durbin (D-IL) accused President Donald Trump of getting "totally dazzled" by Russian leader Vladamir Putin. Trump joined the Russian leader at a news conference in Helsinki last summer in publicly challenging the US intelligence community's conclusion that the Kremlin directed the interference campaign, drawing condemnation from American lawmakers in both parties.

Later Friday, unnamed sources told CNN that President Trump had asked questions "about the reliability of U.S. intelligence" on Venezuela, given that the expected military uprising hoped for by opposition leader Juan Guaido "and some USA officials" earlier this week failed to pay off.

The Russian embassy also said Putin told Trump that neither nation should interfere in the increasingly violent shakeup happening in Venezuela. When host Chris Wallace pointedly asked why the president seemed reticent to "get tough" with Putin, Pompeo balked.

He went on to question why the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and MSNBC are allowed to be on Twitter and Facebook, when "so much of what they do is fake news". It did, however, raise concerns about the extent to which Russian Federation worked to interfere with the US election. He actually sort of smiled when he said something to the effect that 'it started off as a mountain and it ended up being a mouse. "But he knew that because he knew there was no collusion whatsoever", said Trump. She said during the call Trump reiterated the "need and importance of Russian Federation stepping up and continuing to help".

"Why doesn't the president get tough with Putin about what everyone seems to agree is clear, meddling in 2016 and the threat of meddling in 2020?"

  • Joey Payne