Trump concealed details from meetings with Putin

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2019

The Post writes that Trump had on at least one occasion taken the notes of his own interpreter and told them not to mention what had been talked about with Putin, according to current and former USA officials.

"It handicaps the USA government - the experts and advisers and Cabinet officers who are there to serve - and it certainly gives Putin much more scope to manipulate Trump".

"I would. I don't care", Trump said when asked if he would divulge details from the meetings.

Tillerson had said at the time at a news conference after the two-hour meeting that Trump and Putin covered the war in Syria and other subjects.

"The Washington Post is nearly as bad, or probably as bad as the New York Times", Trump said.

Tillerson has previously discussed the Hamburg meeting, telling reporters at a news conference that Trump "pressed" Putin on allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA presidential election, which Putin denied.

The FBI had been suspicious of Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign, but it held off on opening a probe until the president sacked Comey, who refused to roll back the Russian Federation investigation, the Times said.

Trump allies say that the president may have a desire for secrecy due to embarrassing leaks earlier in his presidency, and to not have subordinates obstruct his ability to build rapport with Putin, the Post writes.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is thought to be in the final stages of an investigation that has focused largely on whether Trump or his associates conspired with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign. "That meeting is open for grabs".

"It's called the "Failing New York Times" for a reason", he railed before turning his ire to Comey.

According to Trump, "the FBI was in complete turmoil... because of Comey's poor leadership" and the way he handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private server to send some government emails.

Trump disclosed classified information about a terror plot, called former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey a "nut job", and said that firing Comey had removed "great pressure" on his relationship with Russian Federation.

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland in July 2018. And if you read the article, you'd see that they found absolutely nothing.

Meanwhile, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that the Post's story is "outrageously inaccurate".

"The liberal media has wasted two years trying to manufacture a fake collusion scandal instead of reporting the fact that unlike President Obama, who let Russian Federation and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russian Federation".

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform, chaired by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), has vowed investigations and has already scheduled Trump "fixer" Michael Cohen.

Trump has repeatedly criticized the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt" and views it as an attempt to besmirch the legitimacy of his presidency. Such a gap would be unusual in any presidency, let alone one that Russian Federation sought to install through what USA intelligence agencies have described as an unprecedented campaign of election interference.

The inquiry forced counterintelligence investigators to evaluate whether Trump was a potential threat to national security.

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