Putin offers to help in the Trump and Russia row
Putin offers to help in the Trump and Russia row: The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has intervened in the growing row surrounding US President Donald Trump and his alleged dealings with the Russians. According to the media reports President Trump had passed classified information to the Russian officials during a meeting last week.
Mr Putin has said that “this is not the case” and the Russian President has volunteered to release a record of the meeting to congress if he is requested. This news has been blown out of proportion as the allegations of Russian involvement in the President Trump’s campaign have surfaced.
The media had quoted a memo by the former FBI director James Comey in which President Trump had asked him to drop an inquiry concerning his ex-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Moscow. Whilst President Trump was talking to a gathering at US Coast Guard Academy graduates in Connecticut, he stated “No politician in history has been treated worse or more unfairly.”
An important meeting between Russian Foreign Minister, Sergie Lavrov, Russian Ambassador, Sergei Kislyar, and President Trump was held at the White House last Wednesday. The meeting was held at a time when the FBI was inquiring and a congressional hearing was being held for the possible Russian influence in the 2016 US election. It was also scheduled a day after President Trump had dismissed Mr Comey the FBI director from his post.
On Monday, 15th May 2017, a number of news outlets accused the American President of giving information regarding the Islamic State group (IS) which could have endangered the source of the information. The information was thought to be exceptionally sensitive and had not even been shared with the US allies. Afterwards President Trump and his national security advisor HR McMaster defended the actions of President Trump and said that the actions were “wholly appropriate.” President Trump had later defended his right to share information.
President Putin had joked about the meeting saying that it had not unfolded as had been portrayed [by the media]. He had further added “I spoke to him [Mr Lavrov] today, and he had said that I’ll be forced to issue him with a reprimand because he did not share these secrets with us.”
When Mr Comey was the in charge of FBI he was heading an investigation of the possible Russian involvement in the American elections and this story has already claimed one victim, Michael Flyn President Trump’s first national security adviser. Mr Flyn was fired after he mislead the government over his meeting with Mr Sergey Kislyak the Russian ambassador.
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