Trump, Putin Discuss Nuclear Accord, Venezuela, Mueller Report, Says Press Secretary Sarah Sanders
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed a wide range of topics in a telephone conversation on May 3 — their first contact since the G20 summit in Argentina last year.
The topics included nuclear arms control, Venezuela, Ukraine, North Korea, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.
Trump, speaking to reporters as he met in the Oval Office with Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, said, “We’re talking about a nuclear agreement where we make less and they make less and maybe where we get rid of some of the tremendous firepower that we have right now.”
Trump said China during trade talks had “felt very strongly” about joining the United States and Russia in limiting nuclear arms. House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin for more than an hour Friday
The leaders discussed “very, very briefly” about the Mueller report, Sanders said. But she dodged a question about whether they had discussed Russian election interference.
REPORTER: Mr President did you address the election meddling issues that came up in ‘The Mueller Investigation Report’ with Mr Putin today?
TRUMP: We discussed the …, actually the..er; he sort of smiled and said ‘it started off as a mountain, ended up a mouse.’