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his pants, that's a very long meeting, and i would say a transcript of that meeting is the hottest document in washington right now. we would all love to know what was said and discussed in that meeting and perhaps that very interest is why there were no other aides present. >> 11:00 a.m. the hour has just turned. to nick's point, the meeting went longer than we thought. it could be that both teams have separated and are caucusing with their sides before this prez event. it could be that both leaders are getting briefed and prepped and given talking points depending on what they know that we don't. what happened in that room, and now we have much talking into sleeve microphones by the security guys waiting for the two principals to come in the room. if, in fact, to nick's other point, it's just translators who were in that room, as such a
difficult job to do simultaneous translating, such a difficult job to then remember what was discussed if you're not note taking at the same time, fnor i it their job to take notes for all of pos perty. that's why we have all note takers who are usually in the meetings. >> the whole thing is stunning when you think about the pomp, circumstance, and the show that's going on here. president trump loves and is extraordinarily successful at creating these big media moments but at what point are we going to say what are they resulting in? remember singapore. how many weeks ago is that at this point? four? at the time president trump took all of that and the ratings as a massive win. several weeks later kim jong-un snubs mike pompeo, and it doesn't seem that president trump's denuclearization no, big deal, that's all over and done with, it's not.
and north korea continues to be a place of vulnerability at a risk for the president where we looks more embarrassing today than he did a few weeks ago. what could the president have discussed in the last two hours with vladimir putin who has been preparing for a meeting like that his whole career? what would president trump have done in that meeting that he's now going to present to us that gives america a leg up that we didn't have hours ago? >> kelly o'donnell, sixth row center in a room where kelly, we've been told feels a little bit closer to arrival? >> reporter: there's something happening here, brian. there's a gentleman here who said he's from the nation. security has come in and asked him to leave the room. i asked is a journalist being removed. the report e says he believes he is. the security said that he would be invited back in. obviously we want to watch this. when the underpinnings of so much of the dialogue about this whole summit has to do with the treatment of journalists, the
freedom of the press, someone who is wearing credentials, and had been through the screening process that we all went through to get here is now being taken out of the room. that is not the united states secret service. they must be part of the putin/russia federation delegation. in realtime we may be watching the kind of clamp down on press freedom that is at issue in the russian federation and something that certainly u.s. journalists and the american people want to remind president trump about the importance of our ability to stand here and ask whatever questions are necessary and to witness these events in an independent way. and so this is unfolding right in front of us. i don't know what it means. again, he said he was from the nation. i'm sorry i don't know him to give you more identification. but -- what happened? all right. this is realtime assessment here. there is some description of perhaps he was heckling. i did not witness any of that. he appears to be a credential
journalist who has been taken out of the room. perhaps that's part of the delay. we also understand the president agreed to do interview and his schedule indicated when this press was over, he was headed back to the united states. perhaps some of the delay is the president doing interviews. we don't know that expect to put inference knowing people talked about their access to the president, and this would be a beautiful venue to do it, the presidential palace in finland. we've watching and assessing this as it's happening. it certainly creates a different dynamic in the room. the room is packed. it is hot. it is filled with journalists. we all have many questions and there are many important issues to discuss, but right now there's an issue of freedom of the press unfolding in front of us. >> all right. there is the possibility of the president doing press interviews after the meeting with putin, but before he has shared the
outcome with the wider press corps? >> reporter: we know he is scheduled to do interviews and we also know he was leaving right after this. so a window of time needs to be found somewhere. so that could be one thing to account for the -- >> okay. i'm going watch this. the gentleman is saying that -- >> all right. we lost kelly o'donnell's audio, but there's the gentleman walking back in. the journalist who was identified as being with the nation taking his -- maybe he's just coming in for his belongings. we don't know. >> brian, what if what we're witnessing is journalists being cherry picked and asked to leave the room. >> he's holding up a sign or
trying to. and it looks like -- >> oh, my goodness. >> kelly is right -- we just can't hear her audio. she doesn't know that. she's live narrating this scene. >> oh, my goodness. >> when we reestablish communication with kelly o'donnell, she had a clear view of all of that, and more importantly, what was on the handwritten sign that he was holding up. but that man, we don't have an
identification beyond what kelly heard that he was a credentialed member of the press corps and affiliated with "the nation" magazine. a little preevent excitement. >> certainly a rare thing to see at one of these events. they're so staid. the journalists present are all kind of vetted and credentialed very carefully. half of them or such are from the traveling press corps of the president. to see someone kicked out or turned heckler is a rare an unusual thing to see in one of these events. >> we don't know details about this individual, but we know that we are coming off a time when the president has called the free press an enemy of the people. it's really stunning to watch all this go down. >> we saw kelly o'donnell.
still no comms? okay. david ignatius continues to watch with us. i'd love to get you on the record of the last conversation we had here. the relative size and strength of the russian economy, especially when compared to the united states. and just matters of stature and balance and whether the u.s. in having -- in holding any of this event is punching down. >> i think that's really an important point. the russians and especially vladimir putin have a real chip on their shoulder about having lost what they thought of as superpower status. the reality is the russian economy simply hasn't modernized in the way that so many people expected. it's still largely a one-commodity export commodity. it produces oil and gas and
sells then. that's the principle source of income. they aspire to have a modern i.t. sector. they have a lot of smart computer scientists. they never really have crossed that threshold. so we do have to remember as loud as putin talks on the world stage, as seriously as he's taken, that this is not a first order competitor. when people think about arising china, that's a competitor that is able, really, to contest the united states in terms of economic power. russia isn't that country. it's a country able to make trouble for the united states, but not really project power in any profound way. >> we've just seen the delegations walk in. steven miller, the president's point person on immigration, a former aide to jeff sessions is on this trip. bill shine, a former day-to-day
head of fox news is the new messaging guru at the white house on this trip. we saw lavrov enjoying a laugh on the way into the room. >> it was recently a fox news white house reporter who took to fox news air to defend both nbc news kristen welker and cnn when the president went on with one of his fake news. you're seeing more and more defense across the media landscape of those saying let's represent and defend what the free press is. you know, whether it's shep smith of our colleagues across the board. but also to david's point again about russia -- here they are. >> here they come. >> translator: thank you so much. shall we start working, i guess? distinguished mr. president,
ladies and gentlemen, negotiations with the president of the united states, donald trump, to place in a frank and business like atmosphere. i think we can call it a success and fruitful round of negotiations. we carefully analyzed the current status the president and the future of the russia and united states relationship key issues of the global agenda. it's quite clear to everyone that the bilateral relationship is going through a complicated stage and yet the impediments, the tense at fear, essentially have no solid reason behind it. the cold war is a thing of past. the era of acute ideological confrontation of the countries is a ves taj of the past. the situation and the world changed dramatically. to date both russia and the united states face a whole new set of challenges.
those include a dangerous maladjustment of mechanisms for maintaining security and stability. crises, the creeping threats of terrorism and transnational crime. it's the snowballing problems in the economy, environmental risks and other sets of challenges. we can only cope with these challenges if we join the ranks and work together. hopefully we will reach the understanding with our american partners. today's negotiations reflect our joint wish with president trump to redress this negative situation and the bilateral relationship. outlining the first steps to restore the acceptable level of trust and going back to the previous level of interaction on all mutual interest issues. as major nuclear powers, we bear
special responsibility for maintaining international security. it's vital and we mentioned this during the negotiations, it's crucial that we fine tune the stability and global security and nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction. we submitted our american colleagues a note with a number of specific suggestions. we believe it necessary to work together to interact on the desired agenda, military and technical cooperation. this includes the strategic offensive arms limitation treaty. it's a dangerous situation with a global anti-missile defense system. it's the implementation of the imf treaty and the adjustment of nonweapons in space.
we favor the continued cooperation in counterterrorism and maintain cyber security. and i'd like to point out specifically that our special services are cooperating quite successfully together. the most recent example is their operational cooperation within the recently concluded world football cup. in general the contacts among the special services should be put to a system wide basis. should be brought to systemic framework. i recall i reminded president trump about the suggestion to reestablish the working group on anti-terrorism. and also the crisis is not always that our postures dove tail exactly and yet the overlapping and mutual interest bond, we have to look for points of contact and interact closer in a variety of international
forum. clo clearly we mention the regional crisis, for instance syria. as far as syria is concerned, the task of establishing peace and reconciliation in this country could be the first showcase example of this successful joint work. russia and the united states apparently can take assumed leadership on this issue, and organize the interaction to overcome humanitarian crisis and help syrian refugees to go back to their homes. in order to accomplish this, we all all the required components. let me remind you of that. both russian and american military have acquired useful experience of coordination and operational channels of communication which permitted to avoid dangerous incidents and unintentional collisions in the
air and near the ground. also crushing terrorists in the southwest of syria, the south of syria should be brought to the full compliance with the treaty of 1974 about the separation of forces about separation of forces of israel and syria. this will bring peace to golan heights. and bring more peaceful relationship between syria and israel and also to provide security of the state of israel. mr. president paid special attention to the issue during today's negotiation, and i would like to confirm that russia is interested in this development and this will act accordingly. thus far we will make a step toward creating a lasting peace in compliance with the respective resolutions of security counsel, for instance,
the resolution 338. we're glad of the korean peninsula issue starting to resolve. to a great extent it was possible thanks to the personal engagement of president trump who opted for dialogue instead of confrontation. we also mentioned our concern about the withdrawal of the united states from the gcpoa. well, the u.s. -- our u.s. counterparts are aware of our posture. thanks to the iranian nuclear deal, iran became the most controlled country in the world. it effectively ensures the peaceful nature of the iranian nuclear program, and strengthened the nonproliferation regime. while we discuss the internal ukrainian crisis, we paid special attention to the implementation of agreements.
and the united states can be more decisive in nudging the ukrainian leadership and encouraging it to work actively on this and pay more attention to economic cooperation. it's clear that both countries, the businesses of both countries are interested in this. american delegation was one of the largest delegations in the st. petersburg economic forum. it featured over 500 representatives from american businesses. we agreed, me and president trump, we kreeed to create a high level working group that brings together captains of russian and american business. after all, entrepreneurs and businessmen no better how to articulate this successful business cooperation. we'll let them think and make their proposals and suggestions in this regard.
once again, president trump mentioned the issue of the so-called interference of russia when the american elections, and i had to reiterate things i said several times including during our personal contacts that the russian state has never interfered and is not going to interfere into internal american affairs including election process. any specific material, if such things arise, we are ready to analyze together. for instance, we can analyze them through the joint working group on cyber security, the establishment of which we discussed during our previous contacts. and clearly it's past time we restore our cooperation in the cultural area in the humanitarian area. as far as i think you know that recently we hosted the american
congressman delegation and now it's portrayed almost as a historic event. although it should have been just a current affairs, just business as usual, and in this regard, we mentioned the proposal to the president. we have to think about practicalities of our cooperation, but also about the rationale and the logic of it. and we have to engage experts on bilateral relationship who know history and the background of our relationship. the idea is to create an expert counsel. that would include political scientists, prominent diplomats and former military experts in both countries who would look for points of contact between two countries. that would look for ways on putting the relationship on the trajectory of growth. in general, we are glad with the outcome of our first full scale meeting because previously we only had a chance to talk
briefly on international forum. we had a good conversation with president trump, and i hope that we start to understand each other better, and i'm grateful to donneald for it. clearly there are some challenges left when we were not able to clear all the backlog, but i think that we made the first important step in this direction, and in conclusion, i want to point out that this atmosphere of cooperation is something that we are especially grateful for to our finish hosts. we're grateful for finnish people and leadership for what they've done. we've inconvenienced you, and we apologize for it. thank you for your attention. >> thank you very much. thank you. i have just concluded a meeting with president putin with a wide
range of critical issues for both of our countries. we have direct opened deeply productive dialogue. it went very well. before i begin, i want to thank the president of finland for gracious ri holy hosting today' summit. president putin and i were saying how lovely it was and what a great job they did. i also want to congratulation russia and president putin for having done such an excellent job in hosting the world cup. it was really one of the best ever, and your team also did very well. it was a great job. i'm here today to continue the proud tradition of bold american diplomacy from the earliest days of our republic, american leaders have understood that di loam si and engagement is preferable to conflict and hostility. a productive dialogue is not only good for the united states and good for russia, but it is
good for the world. the disagreements between our two countries are well-known and president putin and i discussed them at length today. we're going to solve many of the problems facing our world, and we're going to have to find ways to cooperate in pursuit of shared interests. too often in both recent past and long ago, we have seen the consequences when diplomacy is left on the table. we have also seen the benefits of cooperation in the last serchg century or nations fought alongside each other in the second world war. even during the tensions of the would war when the world looked much different than today, the united states and russia were able to maintain a strong dialogue. but our relationship has never
been worse than it is now. however, that changed as of about four hours ago. i really believe that. nothing would be easier politically than to refuse to meet, to refuse to engage. but that would not accomplish anything. as president, i cannot make decisions on foreign policy in a futile effort to appease partisan critics or the media or democrats who want to do nothing but resist and obstruct. constructive dialogue between the united states and russia afford the opportunity to open new pathways toward peace and stability in our world. i would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace than to risk peace in pursuit of politics. as president, i will always put what is best for america and
what is best for the american people. during today's meeting i addressed directly with president putin the issue of russian interference in our elections. i felt this was a message best delivered in person. i spent a great deal of time talking about it, and president putin may very well want to address it and very strongly. he feels very strongly about it and has an interesting idea. we also discussed one of the most critical challenges facing humanity, nuclear proliferation. i provided an update on my meeting last month with chairman kim on the denuclearization of north korea. and after today i am very sure that president putin and russia want very much to end that problem going to work with us and i appreciate that
commitment. the president and i also discussed the scourge of radical islamic terrorism. both russia and the united states have suffered horrific terrorist attacks, and we have agreed to maintain open communication between our security agencies to protect our citizens from this global menace. last year we told russia about a planned attack in st. petersburg, and they were able to stop it cold. they found them. they stopped them. there was no doubt about it. i appreciated president putin's phone call after to thank me. i also emphasized the importance of placing pressure on iran to halt its nuclear ambitions and to stop its campaign of violence throughout the area and throughout the middle east. as we discussed at length, the crisis in syria is a complex
one. cooperation between our two countries has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives. i also made clear that the united states will not allow iran to benefit from our successful campaign against isis. we have just about eradicated isis in the area. we also agreed that representatives from our national security counsels will meet to follow up on all the issues we addressed today and to continue the progress we have started right now in helsinki. today's meeting is only the beginning of a longer process. but we have taken the first steps toward a brighter future, and one with a strong dialogue and a lot of thought. our expectations are grounded in realism, but our hopes are grounded in america's desire for
friendship, cooperation, and peace, and i think i can speak on behalf of russia when i say that also. president putin, i want to thank you again for joining me for these important discussions and for advancing open dialogue between russia and the united states. our meeting carries on a long tradition of the diplomacy between russia, the united states for the greater good of all and this was a very constructive day. this was a very constructive few hours that we spent together. it's in the interest of both of our countries to continue our conversation, and we have agreed to do so. i'm sure we'll be meeting again in the future often and hopefully we will solve every one of the problems that we discussed today. so again, president putin, thank you very much.
>> translator: distinguished presidents, now the journalists would have chance to ask questions. two sets of question each first the russian journalist will ask a question. please give your affiliation. >> good afternoon. interfox information agency. i have one question to president trump. during your recent european tour you mentioned that the implementation of the north's dream to pipeline gives u.s. religion to russia and you suggested that you could free europe from this by supplying american lng. this cold winter actually showed that the current model, current mechanism of supply of fuel to europe is quite viable. at the same time as far as i know, u.s. had to buy even russian gas for boston.
the implementation of your idea has a political tinge to it, or is this a practical one? because there will be a gap formed in the supply and demand mechanism, and first it's the consuming countries who will fall into this gap. and the second question. before the meeting with president putin you called him an adversary, a rival, and yet, you expressed hope that you will be able to bring this relationship to a new level. did you manage to do this? >> well, actually, i called him a competitor, and a good competitor he is. and i think the word competitor is a compliment. i think that we will be competing when you talk about the pipeline. i'm not sure necessarily that it's in the best interest of germany or not. but that was a decision they made. we'll be competing as the united states is now or soon will be,
but i think it actually is right now the largest in the oil and gas world. so we're going to be selling l and g and will have to be competing with the pipeline. i think we'll compete successfully, although there is a little advantage locationly. i wish them luck. i discussed with angela merkel in pretty strong tones, but i also know where they're all coming from, and they have a very close source. we'll see how that all works out. we have lots of sources now, and the united states is much different than it was a number of years ago when we weren't able to extract what we could extract today. today we're number one in the world at that, and i think we'll be up there competing very strongly. thank you very much. >> translator: if i may, i'd throw in some two cents. we talked to mr. president, including this subject as well. we are aware of the stints of
president trump, and i think that we as a major oil and gas power and the united states as a major oil and gas power as well, we can work together on regulation of international markets, because neither of us is actually interested in the plummeting of the prices, and the consumers will suffer as well, and the consumers in the united states will suffer as well, and the shale gas production will suffer, because beyond a certain price break, t no longer profitable to produce gas. but for we are interested in driving prices up, because it will drain live juices from all other sectors of the economy. so we do have space for cooperation here is the first thing. then about the north's stream to. mr. president voiced his concerns about the possibility
of disappearance of transit through ukraine. i reassured mr. president that russia is committed to maintain the transit and to extend this transit contract that is about to expire next year in case -- if the dispute between the economic entities dispute will be settled in the stockholm arbitration court. >> jeff mason from reuters. >> mr. president you tweeted this morning that it's u.s. foolishness, stupidity, and the mueller probe that is responsible for the decline in u.s. relations with russia. do you hold russia at all accountable for anything in particular, and if so, what would you consider them, that they are responsible for? >> yes, i do. i hold both countries responsible. i think that the united states
has been foolish. i think we've all been foolish. we should have had this dialogue a long time ago. a long time, frankly, before i got to office. and i think we're all to blame. i think that the united states now has stepped forward along with russia, and we're getting together, and we have a chance to do some great things whether it's nuclear proliferation in terms of stopping because we have to do it ultimately. that's probably the most important thing we can be working on. but i do feel that we have both made some mistakes. i think that the probe is a disaster for our country. i think it's kept us apart. it's kept us separated. there was no collusion at all. everybody knows it. people are being brought out to the fore. so far that i know virtually none of it related to the campaign. and they're going to have to try really hard to find somebody that did relate to the campaign. that was a clean campaign.
i beat hillary clinton easily and, frankly, we beat her, and i'm not even saying from the standpoint -- we won that race, and it's a shame that there's a little bit of a cloud over it. people know that. people understand that. but the main thing and we discussed this also, zero collusion, and it has had a negative impact upon the relationship of the two largest nuclear powers in the world. we have 90% of nuclear power between the two countries. it's ridiculous. t ridiculous what's going on with the probe. >> mr. president putin, if i could follow up as well. why should americans and why should president trump believe your statement that russia did not intervene in the 2016 election given the evidence that u.s. intelligence agencies provided and will you consider extraditing the 12 russian officials indicted last year by the u.s. grand jury? >> i'm going to let the president answer the second part
of that question. but as you know the whole concept of that came up perhaps a little bit before, but it came out as a reason why the democrats lost an election. which, frankly, they should have been able to win, because the electoral college is much more advantageous for democrats as you know than it is to republicans. we won the electoral college by a lot. 306-223 i believe. and that was a well-fought -- that was a well-fought battle. we did a great job, and frankly, i'm going to let the president speak to the second part of the question. but just to say it one time again, and i say it all the time. there was no collusion. i didn't know the president. there was nobody to collude with. there was no collusion with the campaign, and every time you hear all of these 12 and 14, it's stuff ha has nothing to do, and they admit, these are not
people involved in the campaign, but to the average reader out there, they are saying well, maybe that does -- it doesn't, and even the people involved, some perhaps told me stories although in one case the fbi said there was no lie. there was no lie. somebody else said there was. we ran a brilliant campaign, and that's why i'm president. thank you. >> translator: we believed and not to be believed -- you can trust no one if you take this. where did you get this idea that president trump trusts me or i trust him? he defends the interest of the united states of america, and i defend the interest of the russian federation. we do have interests that are common. we are looking for points of contact. we are looking for ways to
reconcile our differences. how to make our effort more meaningful. we should not proceed from the immediate political interests that guide certain political powers in our countries. we should be guided by facts. could you name a single fact that would definitively prove the collusion? these are nonsense. just like the president recently mentioned. yes, the public at large in the united states had a certain perceived opinion of the candidates during the campaign. there's nothing particularly extraordinary about it. that's a usual thing. president trump when he was a candidate, he mentioned the need to restore the russia/u.s. relationship, and it's clear that certain part of american society felt sympathetic about it and different people could express their sympathies in
different ways, but isn't that natural? isn't it natural to be sympathetic toward a person who is willing to restore the relationship with our country who wants to work with us? we heard the accusations about concord country. as far as i know, this company hired american lawyers, and the accusations doesn't have a fighting chance in the american courts. so there's no evidence when it comes to the actual facts. so we have to be guided by fact and not rumors. now, let's get back to the issue of the 12 alleged intelligence officers of russia. i don't know the full extent of the situation, but president trump mentioned this issue, and i will look into it. so far i can say the following. the things that off the top of my head. we have an existing agreement between the united states of america and the russian fed ration, an existing treaty that
dates back to 1999. the mutual assistance on criminal cases. this treaty is in full effect. it works quite efficiently. on the verge, we initiate about 100, 150 cases upon request from foreign states. for instance, the last year there was one extradition case upon the request sent by the united states. so this treaty has specifically good procedures. we can offer that appropriate commission headed by special attorney mueller, he can use this treaty as a solid foundation and send an official request to us so that we would
interrogate, hold the questioning of these individuals who he believes are privy to some crimes and our law enforcement are perfectly able to do this questioning and send the appropriate materials to the united states. moreover, we can meet you halfway. we can make another step. we can actually permit official representatives of the united states, including the members of this very commission headed by mr. mueller, we can let them into the country, and they will be present at the questioning, but in this case there is another condition. this kind of effort should be a mutual one. then we would expect that the americans would reciprocate and they would question officials including the officers of law enforcement and intelligence service of the united states whom we believe are -- who have
something to do with illegal actions on the territory of russia, and we have to request the presence of our law enforcement. for instance, we can bring up the mr. browder in this particular case. business associates of mr. browder have earned over $1.5 billion in russia. they never paid any taxes. neither in russia or the united states, and yet, the money escaped the country. they were transferred to the united states. they sent 400 million as a contribution to the campaign of hillary clinton. well, that's their personal case. it might have been legal. the contribution it, but the way the money was earned was illegal. so we have a solid reason to believe that some intelligence officers, accompanied and guided these transactions. so we have an interest of
questioning them. but that could be the first step, and we can also extend it. options abound. and they all
can be found in an appropriate legal framework. >> reporter: and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that? >> translator: yes, i did. yes, i did. because he talked about bringing the u.s./russia relationship back to normal. >> i think they were permitted three questions from the russian press. >> thank you so much. good evening to everyone. my name is eloi, rt tv channel. in english. mr. president, would you please go into the details of possibly any specific arrangements for the u.s. to work together with
russia in syria if any of these kind of arrangements were made today or discussed. and my question to president putin in russian, since we brought up the issue of football, several times i ask -- mr. pompeo mentioned that when we talk about the cooperation, the ball is in the syrian court. in russian court, is it true, and how would you use this fact of having the ball? >> well, i guess i'll answer the first part of the question. we've worked with israel long and hard for many decades. i think we've never has any country been closer that be we are. president putin is also helping
israel. and we all spoke with benjamin netanyahu and they'd like to do something things with syria having to do with the safety of israel. so in that respect we absolutely would like to work in order to help israel and israel will be working with us. both countries would work jointly. i think when you look at all of the progress that's been made in certain sections with the e r eradication of isis, about 90% there and other things that have taken place and that russia has helped us with in certain respects. but i think working with israel is a great thing, and creating safety for israel is something that both president putin and i would like to see very much. one little thing i might add to that is the helping of people. helping of people, because you have such horrible -- if you see, and i've seen reports and
i've seen transcripts. i've seen just about everything, and if we can do something to help the people of syria get back into some form of shelter and -- or a humanitarian basis, then that's what the word was, really, humanitarian basis, i think both of us would be interested in doing that, and we are. we will do that. thank you very much. >> excuse me, but for now no specific agreements for instance between the militarys? >> our militaries get along. our militaries have gotten along probably better than our political leaders for years, but our militaries do get along very well and coordinate in syria and other places. okay? thank you. >> translator: yes. we did mention this. we mentioned the humanitarian track of this issue. yesterday i discussed this with french president mr. macron, and
we reached an agreement that together with european countries including france, we will step up this effort on our behalf, we'll provide military cargo aircraft to deliver the humanitarian cargo. today i brought it up with president trump. i think there's plenty of things to look into. the crucial thing here is that a huge amount of refugees are in turkey, in lebanon, in jordan in the states that border adjacent to syria. if we help them, migratory pressure upon the european states, it will be decreased many fold, and i believe it's crucial from any point of view, from humanitarian point of view, from the point of view of helping the ref jus. and in general i agree. i concur with president.
our military cup worked successfully together. they get along, and i hope they'll be able to do so in the future. we'll keep working in the astronaut format, but we do stand ready to link this efforts through the so-called small group of states so that the process would be a broader one, multidimensional one, and so that we will be able to maximize our fighting chance to get the ultimate success on the issue of syria. >> speaking about having the ball in our court in syria, president trump measured we just concluded the football world cup. speaking of football, actually, mr. president, i'll give this ball to you and now the ball is in your court.
all the more that the united states will host the world cup in 2026. >> thank you very much. we do host it, and we hope we do as good a job. that's very nice. that will go to my son, baron. we have no question. in fact, melania, here you go. okay. >> the final question from the united states will go to jonathan from the ap. >> thank you. question for each president. president trump -- >> you first. >> reporter: just now president putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016. every u.s. intelligence agency concluded russia did. who, my first question for you is who do you believe? my second question is would you now with the whole world watching tell president putin,
would you denounce what happened in 2016 and would you warn him to never do it again? >> let me just say we have two thoughts. you have groups that are wondering why the fbi the server. why haven't they taken the server? why was the fbi told to leave the office of the democratic national committee? i've been wondering that. i've been asking that for months and months and tweeting it out and calling it out on social media. where is the server? i want to know where is the server, and what is the server saying? with that being said, all i can do is ask the question, my people came to me, dan coats came to me and some others. they said they think it's russia. i have president putin. he just said it's not russia. i will say this. i don't see any reason why it would be, but i really do want to see the server, but i have -- i have confidence in both parties. i really believe that this will
probably go on for a while, but i don't think it can go on without finding out what happened to the server. what happened to the servers of the pakistani gentleman that worked on the dnc. where are those servers? they're missing. where are they? what happened to hillary clinton's e-mails? 33,000 e-mails gone, just gone. i think in russia they wouldn't be gone so easily. i think it's a disgrace we can't get hillary clinton's 33,000 e-mails. i have great confidence in my intelligence people, but i will tell you that president putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today. and what he did is an incredible offer. he offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators, with respect to the 12 people. i think that's an incredible offer. thank you. >> translator: i'd like to add
something to this. after all, i was an intelligence officer myself. and i do know how dossiers are made up. that's the first thing. now the second thing. i believe that russia is a democratic state and i hope you are not denying this right to your own country. you aren't denying the united states' democracy? do you believe the united states is a democracy? and if so, if it is a democratic state, then the final conclusion in this kind of dispute can only be delivered by trial. by the court. not by the executive, by the law enforcement. for instance, the concord company that was brought up is being accused of interference. but this company does not
represent the russian state. and i brought several examples before. well, you have a lot of individuals in the united states, take george soros, for instance, with multibillion capitals, but it doesn't make him -- his posture the posture of the united states. no, it does not. it's the same case. there is the issue of trying a case in the court and the final -- the final say is for the court to deliver. we are now talking about the private -- the individuals and not about particular states. and as far as the most recent allegation is concerned, about the russian intelligence officers, we do have an intergovernmental treaty. please do send us the request. we will analyze it properly and send a formal response. as i said, we can extend this
cooperation, but we should do it on a reciprocal basis because we would await our russian counterparts to provide us access to the persons of interest for us who we believe can have something to do with the intelligence services. let's discuss the specific issues and not use the russia and the u.s. relationship as a loose change, the loose change for this internal political struggle. >> a question for president putin, thank you. two questions for you, sir. can you tell me what president trump may have indicated to you about officially recognizing crimea as part of russia, and then secondly, sir, do you, does the russian government have any compromising material on president trump or his family? >> translator: president trump,
well, president trump on crimea is well known and he stands firmly by it. he continued to maintain that it was illegal to annex it. our viewpoint is different. we held the referendum in strict compliance with the u.n. charter and international legislation. and now to the compromising material. yeah, i did hear these rumors that we allegedly collected compromising material on mr. trump when he was visiting moscow. distinguished colleague, let me tell you this. when president trump is in moscow back then, i didn't even know that he was in moscow. i treat president trump with utmost respect, but back then, when he was a private individual, nobody informed me he was in moscow. let's take st. petersburg economic forum for instance,
there were over 500 american businessmen. high-ranking, high level ones. i don't even remember the last names of each and every one of them. well, do you remember -- do you think that we tried to collect compromising material on each and every single one of them? well, it's difficult to imagine a nonsense of a bigger scale than this. well, please, just disregard the issues and don't think about this anymore again. >> it would have been out long ago. and if anybody watched peter strzok testify over the last couple of days, and i was in brussels watching it, it was a disgrace to the fbi. it was a disgrace to our country. and you would say that was a total witch hunt. thank you very much, everybody. thank you. >> where to begin. a hastily called end to the news
conference after some aggressive questioning by a longtime contributor of ours, john than lemire of the associated press. i was still writing my notes. disgrace to our country as the president was talking about the testimony of peter strzok. i believe andrea mitchell is tied to us and can hear us after having listened to that. i'm going over my notes. i don't see any reason why it would be russia, said the president of the united states. >> he basically was asked whether he sided with dan coats and the intelligence agencies that report to the dni to former senator, former ambassador dan coats or vladimir putin. and he said i don't see any reason why it would be russia. coming down on the side of not really believing the intelligence verdict of his own appointees which replicated and
endorsed the conclusions of the prior intelligence officials, clapper, brennan, et al. so he came down squarely on that. the question about whether or not vladimir putin had compromising material on either donald trump or his family, putin said when then civilian businessman donald trump was in moscow, he didn't know him. there were 500 other accidentbun there. he said i know how dossiers are created. so he did go there. but where to start because the president just completely wandered into this territory. i would have thought he'd want to deflect it, but he just decimated the questions about whether or not there was russian intelligence, despite the very detailed indictment of 12 russian military intelligence operatives that came only on friday. this is only going to add to the firestorm back home.
>> i want to quote from john brennan. donald trump's press conference performance in helsinki rises to and exceeds the threshold of high crimes and misdemeanors. it was nothing short of treasonous, not only were trump's comments imbessilic. he is wholly in the pocket of putin. republican patriots, where are you? frank, still listening with us as we're 50 seconds away from the top of the noon hour here on the network. frank? >> in 25 years of working counterintelligence for this government, i never thought that i would sit here and watch a u.s. president castigate and denigrate the u.s. intelligence community, a senior fbi counterintelligence official and do so while standing alongside the leader of an adversarial country who we know has meddled
in our election process. just a quick note and we're pressed for time, but he said with regard to who do you trust, the u.s. intelligence community or putin, i don't see why they would do it. i have confidence in both parties. with regard to whether or not russia has meddled and whether russia has compromising information, what did we hear putin say? i didn't know trump was in town. that's not an answer. that tells me that standard status quo happened and that the ritz-carlton moscow they have him. we didn't hear what we needed to hear today. we heard the worst that we could possibly hear from a u.s. president while standing alongside vladimir putin. >> how could he possibly say i don't know why they would do it? there's a myriad of reasons. a, their economy. i said it before. they've been in a recession since 2014. one of the main reasons is sanctions we imposed on them. there are many reasons why they would do it.