16.10.18 10:48

"I think I'm very tough with him personally," - US president on his relations with Putin

U.S. President Donald Trump says he was very tough with President Vladimir Putin of Russia at July summit in Helsinki, Finland.

"I think I'm very tough with him personally," - US president on his relations with Putin

As reported by Censor.NET, Lesley Stahl, a correspondent for CBS News asked Trump during an interview why did he never have a harsh word for Vladimir Putin publicly.

"I think I'm very tough with him personally. I had a meeting with him. The two of us. It was a very tough meeting and it was a very good meeting," the U.S. president said.

Besides, President Trump says he provides much more assistance to Ukraine army than his predecessor Barack Obama has ever done.

"I'm the one that gave Ukraine offensive weapons and tank killers. Obama didn't. You know what he sent? He sent pillows and blankets. I'm the one-- and he's the one that gave away a part of Ukraine... ," he stressed.

As reported, Putin and Trump met in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16.

The Helsinki meeting came less than a week after the Justice Department announced the indictments of 12 Russian military intelligence officials for allegedly engaging in a "sustained effort" to hack Democrats' emails and computer networks during the 2016 election campaign. Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating possible links between Trump campaign associates and Russia as part of his probe into Moscow's attempts to interfere in the 2016 election.

U.S. Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement that "press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake."

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