Wed, July 12, 2017: Trump defends Donald Jr. as ‘innocent’ after Russia revelations

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his eldest son as “innocent” following emails that showed Donald Trump Jr. welcomed Russian help against his father’s rival in the 2016 presidential election, deepening the controversy over purported Russian meddling.

Trump Jr. released a series of emails on Tuesday that revealed he had eagerly agreed to meet a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have damaging information about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as part of Moscow’s official support for his father.

Trump Jr., in a Fox News television interview Tuesday, said: “In retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently.” Continue reading “Wed, July 12, 2017: Trump defends Donald Jr. as ‘innocent’ after Russia revelations”

Fri, July 7, 2017: Trump, Putin have long-awaited meeting, say they look for ‘positive’ relations

At long last face to face, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin voiced confidence Friday that their historic first meeting would pave the way for a positive trajectory for their two countries. If thornier issues like election meddling came up, they discussed them only in private.

In characteristically confident fashion, Trump said he and the Russian leader were holding “very, very good talks” as journalists were briefly allowed in to witness part of their meeting in Germany. Seated with an American flag behind him, Trump appeared informal and relaxed and said it was “an honor” to be with Putin. Continue reading “Fri, July 7, 2017: Trump, Putin have long-awaited meeting, say they look for ‘positive’ relations”

Fri, July 7, 2017: Trump meets Putin, participates in G-20 Summit

In the morning, President Trump will attend the G-20 Summit Leaders Retreat.

He will then participate in a G-20 Summit Leaders Official Photograph.

In the afternoon, he’ll participate in an expanded meeting with President Peña Nieto of Mexico.

Trump will then join the G-20 Summit Leaders Working Lunch followed by the G-20 Summit Leaders Working Session II.

Then comes the highlight of the trip – Trump meets with President Vladimir Putin of Russia.

In the evening, there’s the G-20 Summit Reception followed by the G-20 Summit Concert and the G-20 Summit Social Dinner.

Thur, July 6, 2017: Trump speaks at Three Seas Initiative Summit regarding energy supply

President Donald Trump has pledged that the United States will never use energy to coerce eastern and central European nations.

And he adds that the U.S. won’t allow other nations to coerce them either.

Trump was addressing a meeting in Warsaw, Poland, of the Three Seas Initiative. It’s an alliance among a dozen eastern and central European nations that are bordered by the Adriatic, Baltic and Black seas.

The group aims to reduce their dependence on oil and gas supplied by Russia.

Trump says he’s proud that the region is benefiting from U.S. energy supplies. Poland received a first shipment of liquefied natural gas from the U.S. last month.

Trump noted the region’s special significance to him. His wife, Melania, is a native of Slovenia, which belongs to the group.

–The Associated Press

Tue, June 20, 2017: Trump meets with Ukraine President Petro Proshenko, levels more sanctions against Russia

US President Donald Trump has said he had “very, very good discussions” with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Washington.

During the meeting, billed as a “drop-in”, they discussed “support for the peaceful resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine”, the White House said. Continue reading “Tue, June 20, 2017: Trump meets with Ukraine President Petro Proshenko, levels more sanctions against Russia”

Wed, May 10, 2017: Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

President Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Wednesday, amid a firestorm on Capitol Hill over Trump’s Tuesday firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Trump told reporters that the two had a “very very good meeting” and talked about the crisis in Syria.

“[W]e want to see the killing, the horrible killing, in Syria stop as soon as possible and everybody is working toward that end,” Trump said, ahead of a separate meeting with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Lavrov first met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, before traveling to the White House and meeting with Trump. The Russian Foreign Ministry tweeted out a picture of the pair, as well as a picture of Trump with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

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Tue, May 2, 2017: Trump calls Putin, leaders look to work together on Syria, possibly meet in July

U.S. President Donald J. Trump at the White House and Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg. (EPA and Sputnik photos)

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled improving prospects for cooperation in Syria in what the White House called a “very good” phone discussion that included a focus on setting up safe zones in the war-torn nation.

The Kremlin said the leaders also agreed in Tuesday’s call to try to set up their first in-person meeting in July, on the sidelines of an international summit in Germany. The White House later confirmed that information. Continue reading “Tue, May 2, 2017: Trump calls Putin, leaders look to work together on Syria, possibly meet in July”

Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: WH says it has ‘no recollection’ of POTUS meeting with Russian ambassador

The White House said there is “no recollection” about who President Trump may have met at an event last year attended by Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., but indicated it’s a possibility the two men shook hands.

A May 2016 Wall Street Journal report that the president met at a VIP reception with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. resurfaced Friday. According to the publication, the two were introduced on a receiving line before Trump gave a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Journal reported at the time that Trump greeted Kislyak and three other foreign ambassadors. Continue reading “Tue, Mar. 7, 2017: WH says it has ‘no recollection’ of POTUS meeting with Russian ambassador”

Sat, Mar. 4, 2017: POTUS accuses Obama of wiretapping phones in Trump Tower

President Trump tweeted, “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”

He later added, “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” Continue reading “Sat, Mar. 4, 2017: POTUS accuses Obama of wiretapping phones in Trump Tower”