President Donald Trump has received considerable criticism for his performance during a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday but was given an unsurprisingly more positive review from close ally Sean Hannity of Fox News.
Trump sat down for an interview with Hannity just moments after finishing the closely watched press conference with Putin.
Hannity kicked off the interview by praising Trump as “very strong at the end of that press conference” and emphasizing the president’s focus on the Democratic National Committee’s email server and Hillary Clinton’s missing emails.
In response, Trump highlighted Putin’s claims that there was “no collusion” between Russia and his presidential campaign and that Russia does not have any compromising information on the president.
“He said there was no collusion whatsoever. He said it as strong as you can say it. They have no information on Trump,” the president said. “And one thing you know, if they had it, it would have been out.”
Trump noted that Putin called the allegations of collusion “nonsense” and suggested everyone that watches Hannity’s show agrees.
“I don’t think the people out in the country buy it. But the reporters like to give it a shot,” Trump said. “I thought that President Putin was very, very strong.”
The president said during the press conference that he has great confidence in the intelligence community but pointed out that Putin was “extremely strong and powerful” in his denial of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Trump also described his summit with Putin as a turning point for U.S.-Russian relations, which he claimed had never been worse before the meeting.
“I think we’re doing very well with Russia as of today,” Trump said. “I thought we were doing horribly before today. Really, I mean horribly, dangerously.”
“I think it was great today, but I think it was really bad five hours ago,” he added. “I think we really had a potential problem.”
Trump argued that nuclear weapons are the most important problem facing the world, noting that the U.S. and Russia have 90 percent of the nuclear weapons.
“I know President Obama said global warming is our biggest problem and I would say that no, it’s nuclear warming is our biggest problem by a factor of about five million,” Trump said. “The nuclear problem, we have to make sure, we have to be very careful.”
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