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Trump calls meeting with Putin at G20 'tremendous'

Iran Press TV

Sat Jul 8, 2017 5:26PM

US President Donald Trump says his first meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the sidelines of the Group of Twenty summit in the German city of Hamburg was "tremendous."

At talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday, Trump said he and his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had a "tremendous meeting with" Putin on Friday.

The meeting that was the first face-to-face meeting between the two since Trump took office, lasted more than two hours -- much longer than it was scheduled. The two, however, emerged from the lengthy meeting with a cease-fire deal in southwest Syria.

Details about what they further discussed had been scant, since Putin broke the silence in a news conference on Saturday and told reporters about what precisely Trump had told him.

Putin said that Trump "asked a lot of questions" on the issue of Russia's alleged role in the US 2016 presidential election; the issue that is currently under congressional and FBI investigation in the US.

"I, in as much as I was able, answered these questions. It seems to me that he took these (answers) on board and agreed with them, but in actual fact, it's best to ask him how he views this," Putin added.

The Russian president said he believed that his American counterpart had been satisfied with his assertions that Kremlin had not interfered in the US election.

The top Democrat in the US Senate Chuck Schumer, however, reacted to Putin's remarks, saying Trump should not give "equal credence" to the Russian president as to the American intelligence community, which "has unanimously concluded" that Russian interfered in the election.

Trump has repeatedly refused to endorse the conclusions of the US intelligence community.

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