President Donald Trump has confirmed speaking with Russian Leader, Vladimir Putin on phone about the crisis in Venezuela, North Korea, ‘Russian Hoax’ as he calls it, and the issue of Nuclear Arms control.
Trump while answering questions on his call to Vladimir Putin, said they never discussed the Muller report as reporters were eager to know whether or not he touched the topic with Putin as he gave this response:
“We didn’t discuss that. Really, we didn’t discuss it. We discussed five or six things. We also went into great detail on various things,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. He added, “(Putin) sort of smiled when he said something to the effect that it started up like a mountain and ended up as a mouse. But he knew that because he knew that there was no collusion. Pretty much that’s what it was.
According to CNN, Trump’s Friday phone call to Vladimir Putin was the first between the two leaders since the release of the Mueller report, which found that members of the Trump campaign expected they would benefit from Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election, but didn’t find that they conspired with the Kremlin.
Trump had a few hours ago, taken to his twitter to put up these tweets on what he discussed with Vladimir Putin which he said were very productive talk… He said:
“Had a long and very good conversation with President Putin of Russia. As I have always said, long before the Witch Hunt started, getting along with Russia, China, and everyone is a good thing, not a bad thing.
We discussed Trade, Venezuela, Ukraine, North Korea, Nuclear Arms Control and even the “Russian Hoax.” Very productive talk!”
Trump before revealing he had a discussion with Putin, had urged both Republican and Democrats to put a stop to the waste of funds trying to investigate him, especially since the Mueller report alleges that there was no collusion between his team and Russia. He said they should put aside their political differences and work together for the good of the American people.
Muller report had alleged that Russian government had 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. As per CNN.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the Mueller report was discussed “very, very briefly.” 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.
Friday’s conversation was part of a larger discussion that was focused on the crisis in Venezuela and also touched on North Korea, a potential nuclear deal with Russia and China, and the situation in Ukraine.
Sanders said the call’s “primary focus” was about the need to help people in Venezuela.
“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 are needed,” Sanders said.
“The President reiterated that sentiment several times throughout the call.”
The US and Russia are backing two different parties in the Venuezuala crisis, with the US on the side of Juan Guaido and wanting him to take over as the new President, Russia is doing everything to keep Maduro and even prepared to go to war with even the US over Maduro. But could the phone call from Trump to Putin be that he is consulting with the Russian leader before taking a decisive decision on Venezuela after all the threats?
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.”
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.