Trump rejects report that he hid details of Putin meetings

Trump rejects report that he hid details of Putin meetings

The US President has been accused of going to extraordinary lengths to hide details of his meetings with his Russian counterpart, including on at least one occasion seizing the notes of his own interpreter.

The statement came in response to the recent Washington Post article, which says that the United States leader has gone to what it described as "extraordinary lengths" to keep the details of those meetings secret.

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.

Other topics include whether Trump's business interests have impacted his foreign policy, his love affair with Kim Jong-un, murdered Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Trump family ties to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and Trump's Twitter announcement about withdrawing from Syria.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the story was so outrageously inaccurate it didn't even warrant a response.

Trump has repeatedly slammed the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt" and insisted there was "NO COLLUSION" with Russian Federation.

Trump did so after a meeting with Putin in 2017 in Hamburg that was also attended by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. "I am not keeping anything under wraps", Trump told Fox news in an interview following a report by the Washington Post that claimed he has concealed details of his face-to-face encounters with Putin from senior officials in administration.

Comey responded on Twitter with a quotation attributed to former President Franklin D. Roosevelt: "I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made". "I do it with all countries".

US President Donald Trump has denied hiding details of conversations with his Russia's Vladimir Putin, saying he is "not keeping anything under wraps". "I couldn't care less".

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

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The Washington Post story is the second in 24 hours to highlight Trump's unusual dealings with Russian Federation and its leader.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller III is now investigating whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russian Federation during the election, but there is no timetable when the final report will be released.

Earlier this week the New York Times that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had opened a counterintelligence inquiry into whether Mr Trump was secretly working for Russian Federation after he sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in 2017.

What did the Washington Post report?

'Think of it, I had a one-on-one meeting with Putin, like I do with every other leader.

What did Mr Trump say about the Putin story?

There was a translator so I'm sure she took notes down simultaneously in order to translate.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Times he had no knowledge of the inquiry but said that since it was opened a year and a half ago and they hadn't heard anything, apparently "they found nothing".

The Post's report comes as special counsel Robert Mueller continues to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election - and whether there were any ties between the Kremlin and Trump campaign associates.

Such standard reactions from Trump "do nothing to address the incredibly serious nature of these allegations", said Democratic Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

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