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Missed opportunity? The Putin-Trump summit that wasn't

15 November 2017

Robert Mueller has a team investigating alleged meddling with the U.S. election past year.

One amendment reportedly being considered in the State Duma would allow the state's Prosecutor General's office to block "undesirable organizations" from posting their content on Russia's internet.

An encounter between the two presidents, however, would not likely have produced any substantial developments in Russia-U.S. cooperation over North Korea.

"President Trump and President Putin today, meeting on the margins of the APEC conference in Da Nang, Vietnam, confirmed their determination to defeat ISIS in Syria". Vedomosti later reported that the Dumawas considering a much broader move, covering other Western and worldwide press outlets.

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President Trump, however, has called for increased pressure from the Russian Federation on North Korea, although he acknowledges that Russia does not work in a vacuum. Putin replied Russian Federation did not. John McCain, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who felt obligated to issue a statement over the weekend reminding everyone that "Vladimir Putin does not have America's interests at heart". On Twitter, Trump referred to those opposing his Russian Federation outreach as "haters and fools". When asked whether he raised the matter of Russia's interference in the 2016 US elections, the president responded: "Every time he sees me, he says, 'I didn't do that.' And I believe, I really believe, that when he tells me that, he means it". Although the American leader remains calm outwardly, sources in the White House say that he is anxious about this investigation.

While working on the Miss Universe pageant in 2013, Trump said "I do have a relationship with him", referring to Vladimir Putin.

"Reprehensible", Brennan said regarding Trump's attack on Clapper.

To the editor: I thought I had heard everything until I read that our president believed Putin over his own intelligence agencies.

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Though Trump later claimed he was only relaying Putin's thoughts, he made it pretty clear that he sides with the Russian leader against "political hacks" from USA intelligence agencies behind "this Democratic-inspired thing". They also took note of President Asad's recent commitment to the Geneva process and constitutional reform and elections as called for under UNSCR 2254. I asked him again.

Now, I'm not saying Trump is risking anything like what Stalin was faced with, at least not at this point.

Making this all the more frightening is that surely Mr. Trump is aware that in the midst of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling, his frequent and unjustified defenses of Mr. Putin make him sound downright desperate and subservient to the man. "He's the President of the United States".

Ironically, Trump's "America First" vision is floundering in the country where the "great again" political slogan was invented and first used successfully.

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He tweeted: 'I have seen the classified information on Russian hacking. What if it's not just that he's being "played" by Putin, as former intelligence officials say, but that he's a willing organ?

Missed opportunity? The Putin-Trump summit that wasn't