President Donald Trump on Saturday said he would be willing to release the details of his private conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki last summer.
“I would. I don’t care,” Trump told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro in a phone interview, adding: “I’m not keeping anything under wraps. I couldn’t care less.”
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The president’s remarks came hours after a report by The Washington Post alleging that Trump “has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details” of his talks with Putin. The Post also reported that there is no detailed record of Trump’s interactions with Putin at five locations over the past two years, according to U.S. officials.
The president referred to his roughly two-hour dialogue with Putin in Helsinki — at which only the leaders and their translators were present — as “a great conversation” that included discussions about “securing Israel and lots of other things.”
“I had a conversation like every president does,” Trump said Saturday. “You sit with the president of various countries. I do it with all countries.”
House Republicans in July quashed an attempt by Democratic lawmakers to subpoena Trump’s interpreter in Helsinki. POLITICO previously reported that Putin raised the subjects of nuclear arms controls and weapons prohibitions in space during the one-on-one conference, according to a Russian document.
“I mean, it’s so ridiculous, these people making up,” Trump said of the Post report, calling the paper “basically the lobbyist” for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ e-commerce giant. Bezos is also the publisher of the Post.
“The Washington Post is almost as bad, or probably as bad, as the New York Times,” Trump said.
The New York Times on Friday reported that the FBI opened an inquiry focused on whether Trump was a national security threat to his own country shortly after he fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.
Asked by Pirro if he’d ever worked on behalf of Russia, Trump did not directly answer the question, calling the Times’ report “insulting.”
Trump also evaded a question on whether the administration was seeking to keep special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report on the Russia probe from the public, stating only that the investigation was a “hoax.”