Donald Trump says being very tough in talks with Putin
U.S. President Donald Trump believes that he is "being very tough" in talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the U.S. leader said in an interview with CBS television channel.
Asked why he never had a harsh word for Vladimir Putin publicly, Trump answered that "you don't know what I talked about with Putin in the meeting prior to the press conference."
"I'm the one that gave Ukraine offensive weapons and tank killers. [Former US President Barack] Obama didn't. You know what he sent? He sent pillows and blankets. I'm the one and he's [Obama] the one that gave away a part of Ukraine where Russia now has this…," the American president said.
"I think I'm very tough with him [Putin] 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 stressed.
The first full-fledged talks between Putin and Trump took place in Finland’s capital of Helsinki on July 16. The one-on-one meeting between the leaders lasted for more than two hours.