“Trump jokes to Putin: ‘Don’t meddle in the election'”


Trump spoke to reporters briefly before he and Putin were scheduled to talk for an hour to discuss a series of national security issues, including Iran’s recent aggression, the civil war in Syria, where the United States and Russia are backing opposing sides, and a new arms control treaty with China.

When Trump did not bring up to reporters whether he would mention election interference, a reporter asked him if he would talk to Putin about it.

“Yes, of course I will,” Trump told reporters. Then he turned to Putin, smiling and wagging his finger in the Russian president’s direction at one point, and said: “Don’t meddle in the election, president. Don’t meddle in the election.”

But it’s unclear whether Trump actually pressed Putin on Mueller’s findings. A readout from the White House did not include the subject

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