Trump says he didn't raise election meddling in phone call with Putin

Trump says he didn't raise election meddling in phone call with Putin
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President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE said Thursday he did not raise the issue of election meddling with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinKaseya denies paying hackers for decryption key after ransomware attack Fox News: 'Entirely unacceptable' for 'NSA to unmask Tucker Carlson' Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia MORE during a recent phone conversation. 

“We didn’t talk about that,” Trump said when asked by reporters at the White House whether he confronted Putin on the topic.

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Trump and Putin spoke Wednesday to discuss wildfires in Siberia, with the president offering U.S. assistance to the Russian government to help put out the fires.

“I think he appreciated it. We would be able to help them,” Trump said.

Former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE testified to Congress last week that Moscow is still interfering in U.S. elections, telling lawmakers “they’re doing it as we sit here.” 

“You don’t really believe this. Do you believe this?” the president asked the reporter who cited Mueller’s testimony about election-meddling. 

Trump has repeatedly attacked Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential obstruction of justice as a “hoax.”

The president also said he did not discuss the expiring Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between the U.S. and Russia that is set to lapse on Friday. 

Trump announced last fall that the U.S. would pull out of the Cold War-era arms control pact, citing alleged Russian violations.