I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling: Trump

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], July 9 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he ‘strongly’ pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin about Moscow’s meddling in last year’s presidential election, but the latter ‘vehemently’ denied.

Giving an account of his meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Germany, the President said in his early morning tweets, “I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election. He vehemently denied it. I've already given my opinion.”

Yesterday, Putin said his answers over Russia’s alleged interference had satisfied Trump, following the two presidents’ first face-to-face meeting on Friday.
Trump further said in his tweets that he discussed with the Russian leader “forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit    so that election hacking and many other negative things, will be guarded and safe.”

“We negotiated a ceasefire in parts of Syria which will save lives. Now it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia!,” Trump added.

“Questions were asked about why the CIA & FBI had to ask the DNC 13 times for their SERVER, and were rejected, still don't have it. Fake News said 17 intel agencies when actually 4 (had to apologize). Why did Obama do NOTHING when he had info before election? (sic),” the President added.
He also said that sanctions were not discussed at the meeting with Putin.

The meeting between the two leaders came amid controversy over collusion of Trump's campaign team with Russia. Trump and his administration are facing multiple investigations focussing on the Kremlin's role in the 2016 election meddling and whether members of his campaign possibly sought to collude with Russia.

A special counsel and several congressional committees are now looking into the issue.

Meanwhile, calling G 20 Summit ‘a great success for the U.S.’, Trump said that Washington explained to the forum that ‘the U.S. must fix the many bad trade deals it has made.’ (ANI)