Trump tweets he, Putin discussed ‘Russian Hoax’

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Russia President Vladimir Putin (all times local):

1:25 p.m.

President Donald Trump says the “Russian Hoax” was one of the topics he discussed with Russian’s Vladimir Putin during a “Very productive talk!”

Trump tweeted Friday: “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.”

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said earlier that Trump and Putin “very, very briefly” discussed special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report during the call, “essentially in the context of that it’s over and there was no collusion, which I’m pretty sure both leaders were very well aware of long before this call took place.”

Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, but outlined extensive contact and Russian efforts to help Trump win.


12:09 p.m.

President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin (POO’-tihn) for more than an hour Friday about extending an existing nuclear arms agreement and potentially starting a new one to include China.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the two leaders also discussed “very, very briefly” the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller as well as the conflict in Venezuela.

She also repeated the administration’s line that “all options continue to be on the table” regarding Venezuela, where Russia is helping to prop up the embattled government of Nicolas Maduro.

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