>> Another encounter between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, this time at the APEC Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, reviving the issue of election meddling. On Saturday the US President weighing on multiple investigations into potential Russian interference in the 2016 election, and whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin to influence the race.
Trump said he believed Putin's denials, despite a consensus among America's own intelligence agencies that Russia did try to sway the election toward Trump. Quote, every time he sees me he says I didn't do that, and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it, Trump said of Putin.
I think he's very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country. Trump said the US would benefit from having a good relationship with Russia. On Saturday the two leaders agreed on a joint statement to support a political solution in the Syrian conflict, reaffirming their commitment to Syria's sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity.
Talking after the meeting, Putin praised Trump as quote, a well-mannered person and comfortable to deal with, and again denied interfering in America's democracy. Back in the States, Trump's denials have had little effect on the ever-expanding Russian probes by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as well as in the House and Senate.
Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort has been indicted in Mueller's probe, along with his former deputy Rick Gates, and a former campaign volunteer, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia.