On Monday, against the advice of many U.S. leaders, Mr. Trump sat down with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. U.S. Congressional leaders including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan have denounced the meeting in support of the intelligence community, saying that there was without a doubt Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Putin also sat down for an interview with Fox News host Chris Wallace in Helsinki. Wallace boldly asked the Russian leader:
‘(How come) so many people who were political enemies of Vladimir Putin are attacked?’
According to MSN News:
‘He was referring to the recent nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the United Kingdom and the fatal 2015 shooting of Putin’s political opponent Boris Nemtsov.’
‘Well, first of all, all of us have plenty of political rivals. I’m pretty sure President Trump has plenty of political rivals.’
‘But they don’t end up dead.’
Putin tried to compare the incidents to the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and U.S. presidents on American soil. The Russian president said:
‘All of us have our own set of domestic problems.’
Earlier this month, two additional British citizens were poisoned using Novichok, which is a Soviet-era nerve agent that the British government says is linked to Russia’s spy agencies.
Putin said that the UK is refusing to provide evidence that Skripal was attacked with Novichok. Putin called the accusations “ungrounded.”
Prime Minister Theresa May and British government officials have accused the Russian government of being involved in both poisoning incidents.
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