• Trump officials say Putin not known to prefer any candidate in 2020

    (CNN) — US officials told House and Senate lawmakers Tuesday during classified election security briefings they don’t have direct knowledge that Russian President Vladimir Putin has developed a preference for a candidate in the 2020 US presidential election, according to four sources familiar with the matter. That appears to conflict with what administration officials told the House Intelligence Committee […]

  • Putin backs amendment that could see him run Russia until 2036

    (CNN) — Russian President Vladimir Putin could stay in power until 2036 after lawmakers on Tuesday voted in favor of a last-ditch proposal to reset the clock on the leader’s presidential term count in an updated version of the constitution. Under current Russian law, Putin is required to step down as president in 2024, when his second consecutive term […]

  • Russian government resigns as Putin proposes reforms that could extend his grip on power

    The entire Russian government is resigning, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced Wednesday, after Vladimir Putin proposed sweeping reforms that could extend his decades-long grip on power beyond the end of his presidency. Putin thanked members of the government for their work but added that “not everything worked out.” Putin added that in the near future he would meet […]

  • President Trump privately clashed with G7 leaders over reinviting Putin

    A sharp and sometimes bitter disagreement broke out between President Donald Trump and several G7 leaders over whether to allow Russia back into their club during a welcome dinner on Saturday, according to two diplomatic officials and a senior US official with knowledge of the exchange. Trump, as he did in public over the course of the […]

  • Putin hails Trump’s bid to warm relations by battling wildfires together

    US President Donald Trump offered Russian President Vladimir Putin assistance in fighting vast wildfires in Siberia during a phone call on Wednesday, the Kremlin said in a statement. Putin saw the gesture as a step towards warmer relations between both countries, the Kremlin wrote. “The president of Russia praised this move by the President of the United States […]

  • Smiling Trump tells Putin: ‘Don’t meddle in the election’

    Under pressure to stand firm against Russian election meddling, President Donald Trump touted his “very, very good relationship” with President Vladimir Putin on Friday before telling Putin with a smile, “Don’t meddle in the election.” Trump’s meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the Group of 20 Summit in Japan was their first since an infamous […]

  • Trump lashes out at Rex Tillerson for saying Putin out-prepared him

    President Donald Trump lashed out at Rex Tillerson on Thursday morning after his former secretary of state reportedly told a House committee that the president was ill-prepared for a 2017 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Rex Tillerson, a man who is ‘dumb as a rock’ and totally ill prepared and ill equipped to be […]

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