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Trump and Putin Discussed Mueller Report in Hour-Long Phone Call, White House Says
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50711"><span class="small">Maegan Vazquez and Allie Malloy, CNN</span></a>   
Friday, 03 May 2019 13:23

Excerpt: "President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone Friday morning for 'over an hour,' during which they briefly discussed special counsel Robert Mueller's report and other issues, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said."

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Presidents Trump and Putin covered a variety of topics in their phone conversation Friday. (photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Presidents Trump and Putin covered a variety of topics in their phone conversation Friday. (photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Trump and Putin Discussed Mueller Report in Hour-Long Phone Call, White House Says

By Maegan Vazquez and Allie Malloy, CNN

03 May 19


he conversation, the first between the two leaders since the Mueller report was concluded, was part of a larger discussion that was focused on the crisis in Venezuela and also touched on North Korea and other topics, Sanders said.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Sanders said the Mueller report was discussed "very, very briefly" and that it was brought up "essentially in the context that it's over and there was no collusion, which I'm pretty sure both leaders were both very well aware of long before this call took place."

She would not directly answer questions from reporters on whether Russian interference, as shown in the Mueller report, was discussed between Trump and Putin, only saying, "the conversation on that part was very quick, but what I can tell you is that this administration, unlike the previous one, takes election meddling seriously. And we're going to do everything that we can to prevent it from happening. That's why we've taken a whole-of-government approach."

Trump later tweeted that he and Putin "had a long and very good conversation" in which the "Russia hoax" was discussed in addition to North Korea, Ukraine, China, trade and nuclear weapons treaties.

The Kremlin said the phone call was initiated by Trump. In a readout, Moscow said Trump and Putin discussed "the current state and prospects for bilateral relations with an emphasis on economic cooperation."

Friday's phone call comes at a time of immense scrutiny over the findings of Mueller's investigation, a redacted version of which was released publicly late last month. The investigation found that members of the Trump campaign expected they would benefit from Russian efforts influence the election, but didn't find that they conspired.

According to the report, "[T]he investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts." The Mueller report also details Russia's efforts at interference during the 2016 election, which led to charges against several Russians and Russian entities.

Call focused on Venezuela, Sanders says

Sanders said the call's "primary focus" was about the need to help people in Venezuela. The US and Russia have clashed over the uprisings in the South American nation, with Russia boosting embattled President Nicholas Maduro and the US and other western nations supporting opposition leader Juan Guaido. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed to CNN's Wolf Blitzer that Maduro was preparing to flee the country before being talked out of it by Russia, which Moscow has denied.

"The President's primary focus throughout the call was about helping the people of Venezuela, making it clear that the United States stands with the people of Venezuela and the importance of making sure those individuals are able to get the food and the water and the medical supplies that is needed," Sanders said. "The President reiterated that sentiment several times throughout the call."

Sanders was also asked about whether the President made any progress on getting Putin to back off his support of Maduro.

"The President reiterated the need for a peaceful transition and his focus throughout the conversation was on the need to help the people and make sure that the aid was actually getting to them and being delivered," she replied.

Sanders offered few details on Friday's Pentagon meeting on Venezuela with Trump's national security team, noting, "The President is continuing to push for aid to be delivered to those people" and that Trump "is going to do what is required if necessary."

In the Kremlin's readout, Putin warned Trump against "outside interference" in Venezuelan affairs, saying such efforts would "undermine the prospects for a political settlement of the crisis."

On North Korea, Sanders said the two spoke about North Korea "a good bit of time on the call and reiterated both the commitment and need for denuclearization." She said Trump told Putin about the "importance of Russia stepping up" in North Korea. The Kremlin said Putin called on Trump to reduce sanctions against the reclusive regime.

Sanders was asked if Putin had a message from Kim to give to Trump, but she did not answer.

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0 # chapdrum 2019-05-03 22:40
Treason, in plain sight.
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-05-04 06:28
Actually, this is a good thing. I'm sure Trump learned something from Putin when he said that he stands with the people of Venezuela. Putin very likely called him on this bullshit. Putin and Lavrov have been very blunt on the fact that Trump's regime change in Venezuela is a violation of international law and they gathering a coalition of nations to oppose it. My guess is that Putin was rather blunt with Trump.

The important thing not mentioned anywhere that I've seen is whether or not Bolton and Pompeo were in the room when the call took place. Generally, they are at Trump's side for everything. They have the puppet strings attached to him and they jerk real hard if he strays off topic even an inch.

Trump and the US has been mired in the Mueller fiasco for two years. It has fallen out of world events. Russia, Syras, N. Korea, China, Venezuela, and many other nations have moved on and are learning to just ignore the US. They all know who Bolton, Pompeo, Abrams, and the rest the neo-con criminals are and they won't work with them. So I hope this was a private conversation between Trump and Putin. I hope Trump was able to lock Bolton in the bathroom or somewhere. But I doubt it. Bolton runs the white house now.
0 # DongiC 2019-05-04 06:53
Imagine, we have to rely upon Putin to talk sense to Trump re Venezuela. Old habits die hard and it is difficult not to throw our weight around in South America. Our military and intelligent services appear eager to intervene and justify their existence. One reason why we are always short of money for progressive projects - we spend it on such questionable items. Time to overhaul the old budget rearranging our spending priorities. Let's spend more on peace than war; and, more on the future than on the past. Vote Sanders!