'Don't Tell Anyone': Putin Jokingly Offers a Secret

The subject is election meddling
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2019 12:22 PM CDT
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends Russian Energy Week in Moscow on Wednesday.   (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

(Newser) – In June, President Trump jokingly told Vladimir Putin not to meddle in the 2020 election. Putin apparently thinks the joke is still funny. In a panel appearance at Russian Energy Week on Wednesday, he was asked about the concerns that Russia might meddle. "I'll tell you a secret," he replied, with the Week noting he got closer to the microphone as if he were whispering. "Yes, we'll definitely do it. Just don't tell anyone."

CNN reports he continued with a straighter answer: "You know, we have enough of our own problems. We are engaged in resolving internal problems and are primarily focused on this." CNBC adds these lines: "We face huge and major goals in economic and welfare development. ... Why intervene in some country's elections?" (Read more Vladimir Putin stories.)

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