President Trump denounces 'Russian connection non-sense' in morning tweet storm

Elias Hubbard
February 17, 2017

"When you ask me what I'm going to do with the ship, the Russian ship, I'm not to tell you. but hopefully I won't have to do anything", said Trump.

Lavrov said after the meeting that Tillerson had confirmed the administration's "readiness to overcome this period", in which relations were "seriously undermined by the Obama administration", according to the Russian news agency Tass.

Trump has signaled he wants better ties with Moscow. "But it's possible I won't be able to get along with (Russian President Vladimir) Putin".

Trump was on Fox News being interviewed by TV talk show host Bill O'Reilly when the conversation turned to the US president's admiration for the Russian strongman.

In one of his latest tweets, President Donald Trump stated "The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy".

The Republican denied Vladimir Putin was testing him - despite Russia's recent deployment a new cruise missile and a spy vessel being sent to lurk off the United States coast.

The Kremlin ordered state media to cut way back on their fawning coverage of President Donald Trump, reflecting a growing concern among senior Russian officials that the new US administration will be less friendly than first thought, three people familiar with the matter said.

Trump also flatly denied that he has any ties to Russian Federation, according to The Washington Post, telling reporters, "I have nothing to do with Russian Federation".

Since taking office, the President's senior advisors have suggested he might relax sanctions at a time when they are needed more than ever.

His comment came after Sean Spicer, the White House spokesman, said Mr Trump "expects" Mr Putin to "return Crimea" - a remark greeted with fury in Moscow.

"If those sanctions were to be watered down, I would, for sure, support codifying them and making sure they don't get watered down", Ryan told MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

Four current and former USA officials told The New York Times on February 14 that several people in the Trump campaign and Trump associates had communications with Russian intelligence during the election.

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Spokesperson of the Kremlin Dmitry Peskov also said that the matter of Crimea was not up for discussion with its foreign partners. "I want to know what the facts are, I don't want to operate without knowing the facts of the situation".

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