Trump says Putin is "probably involved in assassinations"

US President Donald Trump says his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin was "probably" involved in assassinations and poisons of his opponents.

Source: Tanjug
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(EPA-EFE, file)
(EPA-EFE, file)

In the part of an interview to US broadcaster CBS dedicated to his relationship with Putin, Trump responded to journalist's statement that "people don't understand why he never has a harsh word for Vladimir Putin."

"Okay, you ready?," Trump asked the interviewer, Lesley Stahl, who responded, "I don't understand it."

"I have been (harsh) - you don't know what I talked about with Putin in the meeting prior to the press conference."

When Stahl said this never happened "publicly," Trump replied:

"Excuse me. I didn't? I'm the one that gave Ukraine offensive weapons and tank killers. Obama didn't. You know what he sent? He sent pillows and blankets. I'm the one- and he's the one that gave away a part of Ukraine where Russia now has this."

"I think I'm very tough with him personally. I had a meeting with him. The two of us. It was a very tough meeting and it was a very good meeting," Trump said.

"Do you agree that Vladimir Putin is involved in assassinations? In poisonings?," the reporter said.

"Probably he is, yeah. Probably. I mean, I don't...," Trump said.

When Stahl asked "probably?," Trump responded:

"But I rely on them, it's not in our country."

Why not, they shouldn't do it. This is a terrible thing," said the CBS interviewer.

"Of course they shouldn't do it," Trump responded.

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