Russia Says President Trump Initiated Long Phone Call With Putin

Alexey Nikolsky  Presidential Press Service  TASS

NBC issued a major correction about an article detailing a phone call between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the latest media correction regarding a story involving Trump, his administration, or his campaign.

Trump said China during trade talks had "felt very strongly" about joining the United States and Russian Federation in limiting nuclear arms.

Mueller's report concluded that Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was "sweeping and systematic", but investigators did not find a criminal conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign.

"We didn't discuss that. As I have always said, long before the Witch Hunt started, getting along with Russia, China, and everyone is a good thing, not a bad thing", Trump wrote.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later on Friday that Trump simply was "relaying what President Putin said to him". The president said Friday he believes Chinese officials "were excited about that, maybe more excited about that than they were about trade".

Putin asked Trump to take 'steps to ease the sanctions pressure on North Korea, ' according to the embassy's readout.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with US President Donald Trump during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington, DC, on June 21, 2018.

On Twitter Saturday, the president reflected on a recent phone call he had with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

'[O] nly the Venezuelans themselves have the right to determine the future of their country, ' the statement said Putin told the US president, 'whereas outside interference in the country's internal affairs and attempts to change the government in Caracas by force undermine prospects for a political settlement of the crisis'.

It was their first conversation since the Mueller report cleared Mr Trump of colluding with Russian Federation on the 2016 vote.

Trump, talking to reporters as he met Slovak Republic Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, indicated that he and Putin only discussed Mueller's conclusion that Trump did not collude with Russian Federation in 2016. They very much would like to be a part of that deal.

She said the White House would provide more information later Friday. Russian state television described it as a witch hunt orchestrated by the US political establishment to punish Trump for seeking to improve ties with Russia.

"We talked about it and he smiled and said something in the sense that it began as a mountain and as a mouse ended".

Russian Federation is backing Venezuela's embattled President Nicolas Maduro, while the United States has thrown its support behind Juan Guaido, who leads the opposition-controlled National Assembly and declared himself interim president in January. "But he knew, because he knew that there was no collusion", said Trump to reporters.

On North Korea, Sanders said the two spoke about North Korea "a good bit of time on the call and reiterated both the commitment and need for denuclearization".

Trump has raised election meddling with Putin in past conversations, but has tended to play down the impact of what happened in 2016 out of concern that his victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton might seem illegitimate. The newest go is seemingly to ratchet up tensions as Mr. Kim seeks a bargaining chip in talks with the United States.

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