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Trump was played by Putin? Not compared to Obama

As a candidate, Trump blamed President Barack Obama for the annexation of Crimea and even hinted he might recognize the seizure.

In Tokyo, no sooner did Trump's plane leave the tarmac than the finance minister declared that "We won't do an FTA".

Many criticized the mainstream media for not reporting on the positive response Trump got in the country.

President Trump, however, has called for increased pressure from the Russian Federation on North Korea, although he acknowledges that Russia does not work in a vacuum. Or at least to make an effort not to sound weak and naïve. The chance to hold a full-fledged meeting between presidents of Russian Federation and the United States was missed through the fault of the U.S. side. On his recently concluded trip to east Asia, he spoke informally to Putin at several points.

But, back to the bromance between Trump and Putin, there are disturbing parallels between what's going on between these two autocratic leaders and another odd pairing that is believed to have intensified and protracted a world war - the rapprochement between German Chancellor Adolph Hitler and Soviet tyrant Joseph Stalin.

The president's argument for taking this manifestly preposterous position is that continuing to dwell on Russia's assault on the US election system will only get in the way of the two nations' cooperation on important matters such as Syria and Iran. But we have a - you know, we have a good feeling toward getting things done. "And this artificial Democratic hit job gets in the way".

Moscow has been receiving contradictory signals from the United States on a possible meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting and U.S. President Donald Trump in Vietnam, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. Is he that gullible?

Responding to questions about Trump's comments, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said he "stands by and has always stood by" the intelligence community's findings, which have not changed since Clapper, Brennan and Comey issued the January report.

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"He said he didn't meddle", Trump said.

"I asked him again", Trump said. "And now, if you don't mind, I believe it's time for me to be-leaving". He did not do what they're saying he did.

TAPPER: "Do you know of any compromising material the Russians might have on him?".

The new USA administration, more so the Trump-Putin chemistry does deserve credit for this fast de-escalation.

Nevertheless, even during a brief dialogue, the two presidents gave the go-ahead for the publication of the text of the joint statement on Syria, which had been carefully coordinated the foreign policy departments of Russian Federation and the United States. This is why top intelligence officials appointed by Trump have confirmed those findings.

MSNBC's Julie Pace then chimed-in with confusion of her own on the president's inability to simply call-out Russia's election meddling. FBI Director Christopher Wray testified that he had "no reason to doubt the conclusions that the hard-working people who put that together came to".

Bringing Xi, Putin and Trump together would have vividly captured a rare moment in contemporary history when all three leaders were in the same place at the sametime and looking pleased to be together. "Every time he sees me, he says, 'I didn't do that.' And I believe, I really believe, that when he tells me that, he means it". 'I believe he believes what he believes and he believes that I believe what I believe even though he believes what I don't believe.

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