Trump: Putin in­sulted by poll rig claims

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS - By Gor­don Black­stock GBLACKSTOCK@SUN­DAY­POST.COM

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has claimed Rus­sian leader Vladimir Putin told him he felt in­sulted by al­le­ga­tions of Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 US elec­tion.

Mr Trump made the remarks af­ter meet­ing Mr Putin briefly at an Asia-Pa­cific sum­mit in Viet­nam yes­ter­day.

“You can only ask so many times... he said he ab­so­lutely did not med­dle in our elec­tion,” the US pres­i­dent said.

Mr Putin later dis­missed the al­le­ga­tions as “po­lit­i­cal in­fight­ing”.

It comes af­ter US in­tel­li­gence agen­cies con­cluded Rus­sia tried to sway the poll in favour of Mr Trump.

The US Jus­tice Depart­ment has ap­pointed special in­ves­ti­ga­tor Robert Mueller to ex­am­ine any links with Mr Trump’s team.

Sev­eral key for­mer aides have al­ready been named.

Last month, cam­paign ad­viser Ge­orge Pa­padopou­los pleaded guilty to ly­ing to the FBI about the tim­ing of meet­ings with al­leged Rus­sian go-betweens.

For­mer cam­paign man­ager Paul Manafort and an as­so­ciate were also placed un­der house ar­rest on charges of money laun­der­ing un­re­lated to the elec­tion.

Mr Pa­padopou­los’ con­tact with the Krem­lin is al­leged to have been or­ches­trated by Sitr­ling Uni pro­fes­sor Joseph Mif­sud.

The Mal­tese na­tional is ac­cused of brag­ging about how Rus­sia had “dirt” on Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Vladimir Putin

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