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Tillerson's Take on Trump-Putin Meeting Infuriates Trump

President says it was Tillerson who was 'totally ill prepared'

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson was "totally ill prepared and ill equipped to be Secretary of State," according to the man who appointed him. President Trump's tweeted insults about Tillerson, whom he again referred to as "dumb as a rock" on Thursday, came after Tillerson told the House Foreign... More »

Putin Takes a Tumble During His Victory Lap

Russian president scores six times in exhibition game

(Newser) - A trip-and-fall marred Vladimir Putin's victory lap Friday. The Russian president and amateur hockey player was skating around a rink, waving to fans, when his skates caught on a rug and he tumbled onto the ice. Other skaters tried to warn Putin, but couldn't reach him in time,... More »

Big Part of Trump's Friday: A Phone Call With Putin

They talk about the Mueller report, Venezuela, and trade

(Newser) - President Trump and Russian President Vladi­mir Putin spent more than an hour on the phone Friday conferring about various international issues—and also, Robert Mueller's investigation. "We discussed Trade, Venezuela, Ukraine, North Korea, Nuclear Arms Control and even the 'Russian Hoax,'" Trump tweeted . "... More »

Putin: 'It's an Outrage'

Russian leader speaks out against Maria Butina's prison sentence

(Newser) - One person isn't too thrilled with a Russian operative's prison sentence : Vladimir Putin. "It's an outrage," he said Saturday of Maria Butina's 18-month sentence, per the Guardian . "It's not clear what she was convicted of or what crime she committed. I think... More »

Putin Says He's Willing to Tell Trump What Kim Said

In wake of his 'fruitful' summit with North Korean leader

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un say they have had "fruitful" talks about how to defuse a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program. The two leaders spoke after their one-on-one meeting Thursday as they sat down for broader negotiations involving top officials from both... More »

Putin, Kim to Meet for First Time. What Do They Want?

No date has been announced for upcoming summit between Russian, North Korean leaders

(Newser) - When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin for their first one-on-one meeting, he'll have a long wish list and a strong desire to notch a win after the failure of his second summit with President Trump. But it's not entirely clear how... More »

Putin Signs Law Against Insulting Him Online

Bills introduce punishments for 'fake news'

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin has signed bills banning what the state calls "fake news," although the Russian president's critics see the legislation as a thinly disguised crackdown on real news—and criticism of the authorities. The new laws introduce punishments for anybody who "exhibits blatant disrespect for the... More »

Putin: We'll Target US With Missiles If We Have To

Russian leader says he's at the ready, but only if US deploys first anywhere in Europe

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin is seemingly following DC's lead of late, first by announcing that Russia will, like the US, pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and now by threatening another mirroring. The Russian leader gave his annual speech, akin to the State of the Union, to the nation... More »

Putin Just Made 'Tit-for-Tat' Move on INF Treaty

Following in US footsteps, Russia's pulling out of treaty now, too, he says

(Newser) - On Friday, the US said it would pull out of a longtime arms-control treaty with Russia; on Saturday, Russia followed suit. There'd been a small window to save the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which had been in place since the end of the Cold War, with Russia still... More »

Trump: That's 'Most Insulting Thing' I've Ever Been Asked

Blasts idea he's worked for Russia, along with 'Post' report that he concealed details of Putin meetings

(Newser) - President Trump has met with Vladimir Putin face-to-face five times so far, but even high-ranking members of his own administration are unsure exactly what they said to each other, reports the Washington Post . The reason: Trump has taken unusual steps to keep their conversations under wraps, according to the newspaper.... More »

Kim Jong Un, Putin Pen End-of-Year Letters

And send them to other world leaders

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin have racked up plenty of headlines in 2018, and they end the year with one more: Both sent New Year letters that are attracting attention, the former to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the latter to President Trump. Moon described Kim's letter... More »

Putin Boasts About New Hypersonic Weapon

Kremlin says Avangard test was a success

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw a test Wednesday of a new hypersonic glide vehicle, declaring that the weapon is impossible to intercept and will ensure Russia's security for decades to come. Speaking to Russia's top military brass after watching the live feed of the launch of the Avangard... More »

Putin Praises US Move: 'On This, Donald Is Right'

Russian leader talks about Syria in his annual news conference, also warns about nukes

(Newser) - Russia's Vladimir Putin answered questions at his annual marathon news conference Thursday, and President Trump was a key topic. Putin delivered both praise and criticism, with two subjects generating the most attention:
  • Praise: Putin loves Trump's controversial decision to withdraw US troops from Syria. "On this, Donald
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Putin: Let's Crack Down on Rap

Russia's president says it promotes 'sex, drugs, and protest'

(Newser) - Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling, rather than banning, the popular music, the AP reports. Putin says "if it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it." But... More »

Here Is the Shortlist for Person of the Year

At least in the eyes of Time magazine

(Newser) - Time will choose its Person of the Year on Tuesday, and a short list out Monday has the usual suspects, along with a few surprises. The person (or group) will be announced during the Today program. Here are the 10 finalists:
  • President Trump
  • Robert Mueller
  • Jamal Khashoggi
  • Christine Blasey Ford
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Putin, Crown Prince Share Quite a Greeting

They forgo the handshake for a high-five

(Newser) - The G-20 summit is underway in Argentina, and the greeting between two high-profile leaders is drawing attention for its, er, enthusiasm. This time, it doesn't involve President Trump, but Russia's Vladimir Putin and Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. It's not so much a handshake as a... More »

Report: Putin Was Almost Given $50M Trump Tower Penthouse

Business associate thought it would lure oligarchs

(Newser) - While Donald Trump was still a presidential candidate, his company was considering giving Vladimir Putin a huge and very symbolic gift, reports BuzzFeed , which cites multiple sources—including the business associate who came up with the plan. Longtime Trump Organization business associate Felix Sater says the plan was to give... More »

Trump Follows Through on Putin Threat

Cancels G-20 meeting over Russia's seizure of Ukraine's ships

(Newser) - President Trump on Thursday followed through on his threat to cancel the meeting with his Russian counterpart that was planned for this week. After Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian ships , Trump said he would no longer meet Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Argentina. "... More »

Trump: 'My Gut Tells Me More' Than Others' Brains

President also talks Putin, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, climate change in wide-ranging chat

(Newser) - President Trump took the Washington Post on a wild ride through his thoughts on climate change, Russia, the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, and more in a 20-minute interview Tuesday. One main topic was the Federal Reserve, which he strongly criticized for raising interest rates. "I'm doing deals, and... More »

Putin Pokes Fun at Official US Seal During Bolton Meeting

He had a question about the eagle

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin poked fun at the official seal of the United States while hosting President Trump's national security adviser Tuesday, saying he wondered if the American eagle had plucked all the olives from the branch in its talon. While sitting down with John Bolton at the Kremlin,... More »

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