Published: Sat, May 04, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Schumer Mocks Trump for Gossiping ‘About Fox News Conspiracy Theories’ With Putin

Schumer Mocks Trump for Gossiping ‘About Fox News Conspiracy Theories’ With Putin

Yes, Congress did pass retaliatory sanctions against Russia in the spring of 2018 - despite the President's initial resistance - that identified several dozen Russian mid-grade intelligence, military and political figures, then froze their assets and foreclosed their travel, precluding any ability for them or their companies to conduct commercial business with the United States.

Later, Trump told reporters that during their conversation Putin said the furor over the probe in Russian election meddling "ended up as a mouse".

In addition, the White House press secretary said the Mueller report examining Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was raised "very, very briefly", with the president conveying that the investigation was over.

"They also talked about North Korea, Ukraine, and Venezuela-overall a very positive conversation and we'll have a more detailed readout coming shortly", she said.

It said the two leaders agreed to maintain contacts on different levels and expressed satisfaction with the "businesslike and constructive nature" of the conversation.

Putin told Trump that any external interference in Venezuela's internal business undermines the prospects of a political end to the crisis, the Kremlin said.

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, toasts with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un after their talks in Vladivostok, Russia, April 25, 2019.

US President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday about nuclear weapons, the possibility of getting China into a three-party arms control pact and the ongoing crisis in Venezuela where Moscow is propping up the current government over the US-backed opposition.

She said that they discussed the special counsel's findings "very, very briefly" and "in the context of that it's over and there was no collusion, which I'm pretty sure both leaders were very well aware of long before this call took place, something we've said for the better part of two and a half years".

Robert Mueller speaks during a news conference at the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters, 2008. "We intend to do a lot of trade with Russia", Trump said. The Kremlin said the two also covered Venezuela. "The presidents have confirmed their mutual commitment to activate dialogue in various spheres, including on the issues of strategic stability", the message added. "The conversation between Trump and Putin lasted for nearly 1.5 hours", Peskov said.

"Excuse me I'm talking, I'm answering this question", Trump said.

Meanwhile, she also said that Trump and Putin also "spoke about North Korea for a good bit of time", where he stressed the importance of denuclearization. Russian state television described it as a witch hunt orchestrated by the USA political establishment to punish Trump for seeking to improve ties with Russia. "Now new excuses are being sought to attack President Trump".

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