- Jul 2011
And also:President Donald Trump on Friday sardonically asked his Russian counterpart to please not meddle in U.S. elections, appearing to make light of a scandal that led to an investigation of his campaign's contact with the Kremlin during 2016 elections.
Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin were speaking to reporters in Osaka, Japan, ahead of their first formal face-to-face meeting since a controversial high-profile summit in Helsinki last July.
Asked by a reporter whether he would raise the issue during their meeting, held on the sidelines of a Group of 20 (G20) summit, Trump said: "Yes, of course I will," drawing a laugh from Putin.
Trump then turned to Putin to give the directive twice, as he pointed a finger at the Russian leader.
"Don't meddle in the election, please," Trump said.
‘Don’t Meddle in U.S. Elections,’ Trump Tells a Smiling Putin - The Moscow TimesIn a further attempt to lighten the mood, Trump sought common ground with Putin at the expense of the journalists who had gathered to catch the leaders at the outset of their meeting.
"Get rid of them. Fake news is a great term, isn't it. You don't have this problem in Russia but we do," Trump said.
To which Putin responded, in English: "We also have. It's the same."
"You don't have this problem in Russia", because you, unlike me, can jail or even kill journalists who talk bad about you. I wish I could be like you, Vladimir...