25 April 2018

Putin: Donald Trump is a great listener

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has once again come out in praise of Donald Trump branding the US President a "great listener". reports Daily Express.

On the charm offensive, Vladimir Putin said he hopes for further dialogue between the two nations as ties between Russia and the US president's son come under scrutiny.

During a meeting with workers from the Lebedinsky mine in Russia’s Belgorod region, Mr Putin seized the opportunity to praise his US counterpart.

Mr Putin said: "If the dialogue were to go on, as you've said in this sense, in a humanitarian sense, there is the chance to hope that the dialogue develops further.”

Signalling a growing friendship, the Russian president went onto express his admiration for Donald Trump, describing him as a “great listener”.

He said: "He reacts to the interlocutor, at the reasons, he is involved in the discussion even if he doesn't like something and he doesn't agree with something, he asks some questions, reacts to the interlocutor's reasoning.”

Mr Putin's comments come in the wake of a successful meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg.

During the meeting in Hamburg, which aired on Russia 24 TV, Mr Putin said he believed he had already established a personal relationship with Mr Trump, adding that "the TV Trump is very different from the person in reality".

Earlier this week Mr Trump said he would invite the Russian president to the White House but added that now was not the right time for that.

Accusations that Moscow meddled in the election and colluded with the Trump campaign have dominated Trump's first months in office.

Russia denies meddling, and Trump says there was no collusion.

Mr Trump's comments came as he defended his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, who met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign after he was told she might have damaging information about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

During an explosive interview on Tuesday night, Mr Trump Jr. admitted he “probably would have done things a little differently”.

Describing the meeting with the Russian lawyer as “a nothing”, he added he “wouldn’t have even remembered it until you started scouring through this stuff. It was literally just a wasted 20 minutes, which was a shame”.

He also spoke about receiving an email from Russian officials offering “some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton]” as part of “Russia and its government’s support for Mr Trump”.

A special counsel, headed by Robert Mueller, has been set up to investigate alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential election.

Richard Hasen, an election–law professor, agreed that while such emails do not constitute a formal charge, they could help to build a criminal case against the Russians.

He said: “There is a serious issue here for the special counsel to investigate.”

2017.07.15 / 13:18
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