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Jul 16, After meeting one-on-one for two hours in Helsinki on Monday, President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin answered questions. News and analysis from Meet the Press and the NBC News Political Unit NBC News Political Director; Moderator, Meet the Press; Host, MTP Daily. FULL BIO. This is a rush transcript pro- vided for the convenience of the press. Accu- NEWMAN: Our guest today on MEET THE PRESS is the Prime. Minister of.
And frankly, I'm going to let the president speak to the second part of your question. But just to say it one time again and I say it all the time, there was no collusion.
I didn't know the president. There was nobody to collude with. There was no collusion with the campaign and every time you hear all of these you know 12 and 14 - stuff that has nothing to do and frankly they admit - these are not people involved in the campaign.
But to the average reader out there, they're saying well maybe that does. And even the people involved, some perhaps told mis-stories or in one case the FBI said there was no lie. There was no lie. Somebody else said there was. We ran a brilliant campaign and that's why I'm president. As to who is to be believed and to who is not to be believed, you can trust no one — if you take this — where did you get this idea that President Trump trusts me or I trust him?
He defends the interests of the United States of America. And I do defend the interests of the Russian Federation.
We do have interests that are common. We are looking for points of contact. There are issues where our postures diverge and we are looking for ways to reconcile our differences, how to make our effort more meaningful. We should not proceed from the immediate political interests that guide certain political powers in our countries.
We should be guided by facts. Could you name a single fact that would definitively prove the collusion? This is utter nonsense. Just like the president recently mentioned. Yes, the public at large in the United States had a certain perceived opinion of the candidates during the campaign.
But there's nothing particularly extraordinary about it. That's a usual thing.
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President Trump, when he was a candidate, he mentioned the need to restore the Russia U. But isn't that natural? Isn't it natural to be sympathetic towards a person who is willing to restore the relationship with our country, who wants to work with us? We heard the accusations about the Concorde country. Well, as far as I know, this company hired American lawyers and the accusations doesn't have a fighting chance in the American courts. So there's no evidence when it comes to the actual facts.
So we have to be guided by facts, not by rumors.
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Now let's get back to the issue of these 12 alleged intelligence officers of Russia. I don't know the full extent of the situation, but President Trump mentioned this issue and I will look into it. So far, I can say the following: We have an acting, an existing agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation, an existing treaty, that dates back tothe Mutual Assistance on Criminal Cases.
This treaty is in full effect. It works quite efficiently. On average, we initiate about criminal cases upon the request from foreign states. For instance, the last year, there was one extradition case on the request sent by the United States. So this treaty has specific legal procedures. We can offer that the appropriate commission headed by special attorney Mueller. He can use this treaty as a solid foundation and send a formal and official request to us so that we would interrogate, we would hold the questioning of these individuals who he believes are privy to some crimes and our law enforcement are perfectly able to do this questioning and send the appropriate materials to the United States.
Moreover, we can meet you halfway. We can make another step. We can actually permit official representatives of the United States, including the members of this very commission headed by Mr. Mueller, we can lead them into the country and they will be present at this questioning. But in this case, there's another condition. This kind of effort should be a mutual one. Then we would expect that the Americans would reciprocate and that they would question officials including the officers of law enforcement and intelligence services of the United States, whom we believe have something to do with illegal actions on the territory of Russia.
And we have to request the presence of our law enforcement. For instance, we can bring up Mr. Browder in this particular case.
Business associates of Mr. Browder have earned over one and a half billion dollars in Russia. They never paid any taxes, neither in Russia nor in the United States and yet the money escaped the country, they were transferred to the United States. They sent a huge amount of money - million - as a contribution to the campaign of Hillary Clinton.
Well, that's their personal case, it might have been legal, the contribution itself, but the way the money was earned was illegal. So we have a solid reason to believe that some intelligence officers accompanied and guided these transactions.
So we have an interest of questioning them. That could be a first step and we can also extend it. And they all can be found in an appropriate legal framework. Did you want President Trump to win the election and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?
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Yes, I wanted him to win. Because he talked about bringing the U. Russia relationship back to normal. I think there were three questions from the Russian pool. Russia Today, you have the floor. President, would you please go into the details, if possible, any specific arrangements for the U. My question to President Putin in Russian: Since we brought up the issue of football several times, I use the football language: Pompeo mentioned that when we talk about the Syrian cooperation, the ball is in the Syrian court.
Putin, in Russian court - is it true? And how would you use this fact — them having a ball? Well, I guess I'll answer the first part of the question. We've worked with Israel long and hard for many years, many decades. I think we've never, never has anyone, any country been closer than we are.
President Putin also is helping Israel and we both spoke with Bibi Netanyahu and they would like to do certain things with respect to Syria, having to do with the safety of Israel.
So in that respect, we absolutely would like to work in order to help Israel and Israel will be working with us. So both countries would work jointly. And I think that when you look at all of the progress that's been made in certain sections with the eradication of ISIS, we're about 98 percent, 99 percent there, and other things that have taken place that we've done and that frankly Russia has helped us with in certain respects. But I think that they're working with Israel is a great thing and creating safety for Israel is something that both President Putin and I would like to see very much.
One little thing I might add to that is the helping of people. Because you have such horrible, if you see and I've seen reports and I've seen pictures, I've seen just about everything. And if we can do something to help the people of Syria get back into some form of shelter and on a humanitarian basis, and that's what the word was really a humanitarian basis. I think that both of us would be very interested in doing that and we are.
We will do that. Well our militaries do get along. In fact our military actually have gotten along probably better than our political leaders for years but our militaries do get along very well and they do coordinate in Syria and other places.
Yes, we did mention this. We mentioned the humanitarian track of this issue. Yesterday, I discussed this with French president Mr. Macron and we reached an agreement that together with European countries, including France, will step up this effort. On our behalf, we'll provide military cargo aircraft to deliver the humanitarian cargo and today I brought up this issue with President Trump. I think there is plenty of things to look into. The crucial thing here is that huge amount of refugees are in Turkey, in Lebanon, in Jordan in the states that border, are adjacent to Syria.
If we help them, the migratory pressure upon the European states will drop, will be decreased many fold. And I believe it's crucial from any point of view, from humanitarian point of view, from the point of view of helping people, helping the refugees and in general I agree, I concur with President Trump our military cooperate quite successfully together.
They do get along and I hope they will be able to do so in future. But we do stand ready to link these efforts to the so-called small group of states so that the process would be a broader one, it would be a multidimensional one. And so that we will be able to maximize our fighting chance to get the ultimate success in the issue of Syria. And speaking about having the ball in our court in Syria.
President Trump has just mentioned that we've successfully concluded the World Football Cup. Speaking of the football, actually. President I'll give this ball to you. And now the ball is in your court. All the more that the United States will host the World Cup in We do host it and we hope we do as good a job.
That will go to my son Barron. We have no question. In fact, Melania, here you go. President Trump, you first. Just now, President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in My first question for you sir is, who do you believe?
My second question is would you now, with the whole world watching, tell President Putin, would you denounce what happened in and would you warn him to never do it again? So let me just say that we have two thoughts. You have groups that are wondering why the FBI never took the server. Why haven't they taken the server?
I've been wondering that. I've been asking that for months and months and I've been tweeting it out and calling it out on social media. Where is the server? I want to know where is the server and what is the server saying? With that being said, all I can do is ask the question.
My people came to me, Dan Coates, came to me and some others they said they think it's Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it's not Russia. I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be. But I really do want to see the server but I have, I have confidence in both parties. I really believe that this will probably go on for a while but I don't think it can go on without finding out what happened to the server.
What happened to the servers of the Pakistani gentleman that worked on the DNC? Where are those servers? What happened to Hillary Clinton's emails? I think in Russia they wouldn't be gone so easily. I think it's a disgrace that we can't get Hillary Clinton's thirty three thousand e-mails. I have great confidence in my intelligence people but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today and what he did is an incredible offer.
He offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators, with respect to the 12 people. I think that's an incredible offer. I'd like to add something to this. After all, I was an intelligence officer myself and I do know how dossiers are made up.
That's the first thing. Now the second thing. I believe that Russia is a democratic state and I hope you're not denying this right to your own country. You're not denying that United States is a democracy.
Do you believe the United States is a democracy? And if so, if it is a democratic state, then the final conclusion and this kind of dispute can only be delivered by a trial, by the court, not by the executive, by the law enforcement. For instance, the Concord company that was brought up is being accused - it's been accused of interference. But this company does not constitute the Russian state. It does not represent the Russian state. And I brought several examples before.
Well, you have a lot of individuals in the United States, take George Soros for instance, with multibillion capitals. But it doesn't make him, his position, the posture of the United States. No it does not. Well, it's the same case. There is the issue of trying a case in the court and the final say is for the court to deliver. We are now talking about the private individuals and not about the particular states.
And as far as the most recent allegations is concerned about the Russian intelligence officers, we do have an intergovernmental treaty. Please do send us the request. We will analyze it properly and we will send a formal response. And as I said we can extend this cooperation. But we should do it on a reciprocal basis because we would await our Russian counterparts to provide us access to the persons of interest for us, whom we believe can have something to do with intelligence services.
Let's discuss the specific issues and not use the Russia and the U. A question for President Putin. Two questions for you, sir. Can you tell me what President Trump may have indicated to you about officially recognizing Crimea as part of Russia?
And then secondly, sir, do you, does the Russian government have any compromising material on President Trump or his family? We - our viewpoint is different. We held a referendum in strict compliance with the UN Charter and the international legislation. For us, this issue, we put unintelligible to this issue. And now to the compromising material. Yeah, I did heard these rumors that we allegedly collected compromising material on Mr.
Trump when he was visiting Moscow. Now, our distinguished colleague, let me tell you this. I treat President Trump with utmost respect.
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But back then, when he was a private individual, a businessman, nobody informed me that he was in Moscow. Well, let's take St. Petersburg economic forum, for instance. There were over American businessmen - high ranking, the high level ones, I don't even remember the last names of each and every one of them. Do you think that we tried to collect compromising material on each and every single one of them? Well, it's difficult to imagine an utter nonsense of a bigger scale than this.
Well, please just disregard these issues and don't think about this anymore again. And I have to say if they had it, it would have been out long ago and if anybody watched Peter Strzok testify over the last couple of days and I was in Brussels watching it, it was a disgrace to the FBI, it was a disgrace to our country.
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