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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 TrumpSt. Louis lawyer who pointed gun at Black Lives Matter protesters considering Senate run Chauvin found guilty as nation exhales US says Iran negotiations are 'positive' MORE said Thursday he did not raise the issue of election meddling with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinUkrainian president calls on Putin to meet amid tensions Russian Ukraine buildup greater than disclosed, satellite images show Ambassador to Russia returning to US after Kremlin recommendation 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) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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.