Trump rejects report that he hid details of Putin meetings

Trump rejects report that he hid details of Putin meetings

Speaking to Fox News after the Washington Post story was published, Trump dismissed the notion that he had taken steps to stifle the meetings' contents.

But it held off on opening an investigation until the president sacked Comey, who refused to pledge allegiance to Trump and roll back the nascent Russian Federation investigation.

President Trump was so intent on keeping his chats with Vladimir Putin secret, he once made his interpreter turn over his notes and promise to never discuss them, current and former U.S. officials told The Washington Post.

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 U.S. presidential election, which Putin denied. And if you read the article, you'd see that they found absolutely nothing. I'm not keeping anything under wraps, I couldn't care less.

The White House did not immediately respond to INSIDER's request for comment.

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. They also sought to determine whether Trump was deliberately working for Russian Federation or had unintentionally been influenced by Moscow.

Then, unlike the meeting in Hamburg, Trump did not allow representatives of the administration to be present at the negotiations.

"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", she said.

The New York Times reported Friday that law enforcement officials had investigated whether the President was working on behalf of Russian Federation against United States interests.

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The Post's report comes on the heels of another explosive report by the New York Times which claimed the FBI opened a probe into the possibility that Trump was secretly working for Russian Federation after FBI Director James Comey's firing.

Robert Mueller took over the investigation when he was appointed special counsel soon after Comey's firing. I have many one-on-one, nobody ever says anything about it, but with Putin they say, 'Oh what did they talk about?' We talked about very positive things, ' Trump added, saying that Israel was among the topics discussed.

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, called the Times report "absurd" and said Comey was sacked for being "a disgraced partisan hack".

"Unlike president Obama, who let Russia and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russia", Sanders said.

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion.

Trump's former presidential campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has been convicted in one case brought by Mueller and pleaded guilty in another, over financial crimes related to his work in Ukraine before the 2016 campaign, and for witness tampering.

In 2018 Trump refused to impose sanctions on Russian Federation that were passed into law nearly unanimously previous year and was created to punish Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 USA election.

Trump's ex-national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his Moscow ties.

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