Vladimir Putin hits back about claims over Donald Trump and US election

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All he had to do with Kelly throughout the segment was reiterate how important he is, how many servile underlings he has and, as he put it, "in the grand scheme of things, we don't care who is the president of the United States". But other reviewers were less than impressed, with much of the criticism hinging on the questions Kelly did not ask, and the answers she failed to elicit from Putin.

Did Russia hack the US election, she asked, pointing out that USA intelligence agencies had found ample evidence, "fingerprints", that it had meddled. During the presidential transition, lots of information from an unknown source was published, information that led Americans to believe that Russian Federation had implicating information on President Trump. "That's complete nonsense", he said.

Finally, recalling that there are many diplomatic channels, in places like the United Nations, where diplomats, politicians and experts of all stripes can establish informal channels of dialogue to engage in negotiations, Bezpalko noted that in the USA, as far as Russian Federation is concerned anyway, those rules don't seem to apply.

The Russian president also declined to address reports that he was in possession of a secret dossier of compromising material on Trump, and said there was no "special relationship" between the two men. "We didn't have any relationship at all".

Putin also said he had no knowledge of a report by multiple USA media outlets of a proposal by Trump son-in-law and key adviser Jared Kushner to set up a secret communications channel with the Kremlin.

"And I got up and left", Putin told Kelly.

"The Constitution of the United States and the electoral legislation are structured in such a way that more electors can vote for a candidate who is backed by fewer voters", Putin said. The minister would have reported it to me. "No proposal like that came to me", Putin said, speaking via a Russian interpreter. "There weren't even any reports". But, I repeat, we don't even have to do that.

"There wasn't any kind of discussion about sanctions or anything else".

"For me, this is just wonderful". You've created a sensation out of nothing. Very skillfully and professionally shifted the blame, as we say, onto Russian Federation. Flynn, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general and former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was paid $45,000 to speak at the event. Putin added that it "wouldn't make sense" for the Russian government to interfere in the election, even though he never seemed to flat-out deny the accusation. "There is a theory that Kennedy's assassination was arranged by US intelligence services", the Russian president added.

He accused the media of sensationalising information and using it as "a weapon of war" against Mr Trump.

"When we spoke with President Obama about that ..." Trump's known to change his mind on major issues.

Lawmakers in both parties have urged Trump to allow Comey to testify publicly.

Clips were played from the event that showed Kelly asking Putin in front of 4,000 guests about Russia's role in the hacking of the 2016 USA presidential election. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee. The Senate intelligence committee has also invited the top spy of the United States and law enforcement officials to give evidence tomorrow at a hearing about the federal law governing foreign intelligence collection.

Asked about the Russian ambassador's visit to the White House last month after Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, Putin said the USA media had "created a sensation" over it.

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