Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Trump Refutes Reports About Hiding Details of Talks With Putin

Trump Refutes Reports About Hiding Details of Talks With Putin

"I'm not keeping anything under wraps", Mr Trump told Fox News while referring to the latest report.

July 7, 2017: After a banquet later the same day, Trump and Putin chat again for about an hour.

The big move: He reportedly took the notes of his interpreter after meeting with Putin in Helsinki and ordered the linguist not to tell other White House officials what transpired.

"Obviously nothing was found", Trump said. Russian Federation denies it sought to influence the election.

Administration officials have been unable to glean details of at least three other public interactions between the leaders over the past two years.

"We had a great conversation ..."

The president's secrecy "is not only unusual by historical standards, it is outrageous", Strobe Talbott, former deputy secretary of state under Bill Clinton.

Protesters rally before Trump and Putin's Helsinki meeting.

The New York Times report cited unnamed former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.

Tillerson told The Post in an email that he "was present for the entirety of the two presidents' official bilateral meeting in Hamburg", but declined to comment on the meeting and whether Trump had taken the interpreter's notes.

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.

He added: "Anybody could have listened to that meeting, that meeting is up for grabs".

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

"The FBI was in complete turmoil (see N.Y. Post) because of Comey's poor leadership", he tweeted.

"Over time it got harder and harder, I think, because of a sense from Trump himself that the leaks of the call transcripts were harmful to him", said a former administration official.

Mr Trump rejected the Times piece in a late Saturday night interview on Fox News as "the most insulting article I've ever had written" and lashed out at Comey and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in half a dozen tweets. "They've actually gotten me wrong for many years before that", Trump said. You sit with the president of various countries, I do it with all countries.

Another national newspaper, The Washington Post, was also a target for Trump during the interview after Pirro asked about a report published on Saturday.

"The Washington Post story is so outrageously inaccurate it doesn't even warrant a response", she said in a statement. She also disputed that Trump had ever been soft on Russian Federation.

Trump said that it was "the most insulting article I've ever had written [about me]" on Saturday, and asserted that he has been "tougher on Russian Federation than anybody else, any other - probably any other president period".

Trump has repeatedly criticized the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt" and views it as an attempt to besmirch the legitimacy of his presidency.

The Times says it's unclear whether Mueller is still pursuing the counterintelligence angle.

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

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.

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