Trump says what happens in Putin meeting is 'none of your business' ( June, 26,2019 )

  

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Trump says what happens in Putin meeting is 'none of your business' ( June, 26,2019 )

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Trump says what happens in Putin meeting is 'none of your business'


Congress is probing whether Trump destroyed records from previous meetings.






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Conor Finnegan




June 26, 2019, 5:14 PM

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Ahead of a planned meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Japan, President Donald Trump  on Wednesday said what he talks about with the Russian president is "none of your business."




That kind of dismissal has fueled concerns about their previous meetings,   some of which are under investigation by Congress   over reports that Trump destroyed translators' notes afterwards or met without any U.S. officials present. The reported destruction of notes is also the subject of lawsuits that allege the Trump administration has violated federal laws about records preservation.

"I'll have a very good conversation with him. What I say to him is none of your business," Trump answered as he left the White House when a reporter asked him whether he would tell Putin not to meddle in U.S. elections.



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President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin cross paths during the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov. 30, 2018.

President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin cross paths during the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov. 30, 2018. Marcos Brindicci/Reuters, FILE


Trump and Putin are scheduled to meet Friday on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. The Kremlin said the two will meet for about an hour and talk about U.S.-Russian relations and regional issues such as Syria, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Iran, and Ukraine, according to Putin aide Yuri Ushakov.

It's that last topic that soured the chance of a meeting last time. Days before Trump and Putin were to meet at the G20 in November in Argentina, the U.S. canceled because Russia had seized 24 Ukrainian sailors and three vessels in international waters

"Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin. I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!" Trump tweeted at the time.

Trump ended up speaking to Putin during the G20 leaders' dinner in Buenos Aires. The White House described the encounter as an "informal conversation," but no staff were present for it.

Ukraine's sailors remain in pre-trial detention in Moscow

House Oversight Committee chair Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, announced on Monday that his committee sent a follow-up letter to Trump's acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, demanding information about Trump's meetings with Putin in July 2017 and July 2018.

After Trump and Putin met for two hours with only their translators in Helsinki, Finland, in the 2018 summit, U.S. officials reportedly had difficulty getting a full readout of the meeting. Top aides including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said publicly they had been "fully" briefed. After the July 2017 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, where Trump was accompanied by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and a U.S. translator, Trump reportedly took the translator's notes

That would constitute a violation of the Presidential Records Act, according to watchdog groups like Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and American Oversight. Both groups are among the plaintiffs in two separate lawsuits against the Trump administration for allegedly destroying these records.

"This may be the only written record of a meeting between two heads of state, and the interpreter's notes can't be seized or destroyed just because President Trump might want them hidden," said Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight, last week. "The law requires that the interpreter's notes are recovered and preserved."

In a letter dated March 21, the White House counsel Pat Cipollone said the administration had already provided information on some of the committee's questions and Congress wasn't entitled to answers on others: "Information concerning the conduct of foreign affairs is, constitutionally, within the exclusive control of the Executive Branch and Congress cannot demand its disclosure," Cipollone wrote.

In response, House Democrats have   weighed using subpoenas   to compel testimony, including from the State Department translators present in Trump's meetings -- an unprecedented move.

The Trump administration has been trying to win Russia over as a partner on the world stage and peel it away from its ally Iran. Secretary   Pompeo met with Russian Foreign Minister   Sergei Lavrov and Putin in May and said afterwards they had made progress on Syria, Afghanistan, and North Korea. National Security Adviser John Bolton had a series of meetings this week in Israel with his Israeli and Russian counterparts on the way forward in Syria.

But after their meeting Tuesday, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev made clear Russia stands by Iran, saying the U.S. drone the Iranian military shot done was in its airspace and supporting the country's military presence in neighboring Syria.

Lavrov said Wednesday that Russia would not bend to U.S. wishes: "The U.S. begins to understand the futility of its counterproductive demands that Russia should change its independent policy and follow the approaches unilaterally promoted by the United States on the international arena."

ABC News's Patrick Reevell contributed to this report from Moscow.


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Tessylo
1  seeder  Tessylo    2 weeks ago
Ahead of a planned meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Japan, President   Donald Trump   on Wednesday said what he talks about with the Russian president is "none of your business."

That kind of dismissal has fueled concerns about their previous meetings,      some of which are under investigation by Congress       over reports that Trump destroyed translators' notes afterwards or met without any U.S. officials present. The reported destruction of notes is also the subject of lawsuits that allege the Trump administration has violated federal laws about records preservation.

"I'll have a very good conversation with him. What I say to him is none of your business," Trump answered as he left the White House when a reporter asked him whether he would tell Putin not to meddle in U.S. elections.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Tessylo @1    2 weeks ago

Another fruitless investigation by the inept and soon to be out of power Congressional Democrats!  jrSmiley_123_smiley_image.gif   jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif

                                                                                                                                                  

 
 
 
Gsquared
1.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1    2 weeks ago

When the American people have their say on November 3rd, the wailing from the reactionary right will be so loud... it will be heard all the way in Moscow... 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
2  Paula Bartholomew    2 weeks ago

Trump supporters need to get used to the taste of borscht and cheap vodka if they are going to stand behind Putin's Puppet.

 
 
 
Ronin2
2.1  Ronin2  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @2    2 weeks ago

Right, because Trump has been so damn easy on the Russians. jrSmiley_80_smiley_image.gif

Must be fun living in fear 24/7 in the left's alternate version of reality.

 
 
 
Tessylo
2.1.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Ronin2 @2.1    2 weeks ago

How has he been 'hard' on the Russians Ronin other than sucking Putin's dick?

 
 
 
Tessylo
2.1.2  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Ronin2 @2.1    2 weeks ago
'Must be fun living in fear 24/7 in the left's alternate version of reality.'

Speaking of alternate versions of reality??????

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lady in black
3  lady in black    2 weeks ago

The most corrupt administration and the worst president in the history of this country

 
 
 
Tessylo
3.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  lady in black @3    2 weeks ago

Yup, tRump and his gang of thieves, thugs, grifters - they're all traitorous scum - criminal enterprise of an 'administration'

 
 
 
Adam_Selene
4  Adam_Selene    2 weeks ago

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I will have to consult with "Comrade Adam" about this.

 
 
 
Ender
5  Ender    2 weeks ago

512

The crucial feature about negative partisanship is that it isn’t really about policy; it’s about identity. Negative partisanship becomes really powerful, political scientists   Alan Abramowitz and Steven Webster   write, when “supporters of each party perceive supporters of the opposing party as very different from themselves in terms of their social characteristics and fundamental values.” The other party is your cultural enemy, hostile to people “like you,” and therefore must be defeated at all costs — even if, as in this instance, it means siding with a foreign power.

When negative partisanship is strong, Republicans are willing to believe the worst about Democrats — and rationalize away any sins committed by Republicans. Hence why, over the course of four years, you go from Republican voters enthusiastically backing Mitt Romney — who called Russia America’s “No. 1 geopolitical enemy” — to the vast majority of them supporting Donald Trump through the Russia scandal.

You can see this effect in the polling. Since Trump’s rise, the percentage of Republicans reporting favorable views of Vladimir Putin has roughly tripled:

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Paula Bartholomew
5.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Ender @5    2 weeks ago

I am willing to start a Go Fund Me page to raise money for one way tickets to Russia for those two clowns.

 
 
 
Adam_Selene
5.1.1  Adam_Selene  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @5.1    2 weeks ago

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Comrade Adam prefer to fund half way tickets ....

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
5.1.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Adam_Selene @5.1.1    2 weeks ago

Throw them out of the plane half way there?  Works for me.

 
 
 
Adam_Selene
6  Adam_Selene    2 weeks ago

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Comrade Adam says:

Is saying in old country - "What kompromating happen in Moscow Ritz-Carlton, stay in Ritz-Carlton - except for contents of wet-dry shop vac. "

Is right - what business is tête à tête between President Trump and Comrade Putin to common people. (Should mention President Trump spell tête à tête in different way.)

Is not business of serfs to know selection process for fourth Mrs. Trump.

Is not business of serfs to know Putin serve over due notice on loans.

Is not business of serfs to know that Russian Facebook Twitter trolls want raise.

(Must full disclose - great nephew have hard time at state run trollery. Does not understand why still must post Obama as Anti-Christ Kenyan communist when no longer President. Is becoming discouraged in work.)

Is not business of serfs to question President Trump about mask.

He wears mask!

You think orange face real?

 
 
 
Tessylo
6.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Adam_Selene @6    2 weeks ago

So what happens in Russia stays in Russia?

 
 
 
Adam_Selene
6.1.1  Adam_Selene  replied to  Tessylo @6.1    2 weeks ago

Да

 
 
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