Executive Intelligence Review

FROM EIR DAILY ALERT


Kremlin Spokesman Confirms, U.S. President Did Not Accuse President Putin of Murder

Oct. 15, 2018 (EIRNS)—In President Donald Trump’s “60 Minutes” interview with Lesley Stahl, she asked why Trump never attacks Putin, to which Trump responded: “I think I’m very tough with him personally. I had a meeting with him. The two of us. It was a very tough meeting and it was a very good meeting.”

Stahl then asked, “Do you agree that Vladimir Putin is involved in assassinations? In poisonings?” As Trump often does, he pushed the question aside, answering: “Probably he is, yeah. Probably.... But I rely on them.”

This was quickly turned into headlines in the fake news press that Trump had accused Putin of ordering the poisoning of Sergei Skripal.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov didn’t take the bait, telling the press, as reported in TASS: “U.S. President did not come up with any direct accusations. Moreover, there can be no substantiated accusations against the Russian President.”

Peskov also agreed with Trump that the Putin-Trump meeting had tackled “tough” issues: “All questions were put in a very straightforward manner,” he said.

“In this respect the meeting was really tough, because both presidents openly mentioned the irritants that exist in bilateral relations. The problems were candidly called by their real names. In that sense the meeting was tough.”

However, he said: “As for the manner of the conversation—if he went beyond diplomatic politeness—well, he did not. Everything was within the established bounds.”

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