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Sarah Huckabee Sanders rails against ‘Russian Witch Hunt Hoax’

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White
House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday said the
“Russian Witch Hunt Hoax” is “probably” undermining US-Russia
relations.

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Barria/Reuters


  • White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday
    said the “Russian Witch Hunt Hoax” is “probably” undermining
    US-Russia relations. 
  • Sanders claimed recent developments in special counsel Robert
    Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference were
    not the reason President Donald Trump cancelled a meeting with
    Russian President Vladimir Putin. 
  • Trump and Putin were both in Argentina on Friday for the G20
    summit. 
  • Sanders said the meeting was cancelled because of Russia’s
    recent aggression toward Ukraine. 

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday said
the “Russian Witch Hunt Hoax” is “probably” undermining US-Russia
relations in an audacious statement on President Donald Trump’s
cancelled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

Trump on Thursday tweeted his planned meeting with Putin at the
G20 summit in Argentina was
cancelled over Russia’s recent aggression toward Ukraine
, but
reports surfaced on Friday claiming the two leaders would have an
“impromptu”
rendezvous. But the White House shortly thereafter denied those
reports. 

In a statement sent to INSIDER Sanders said, “The Russian Witch
Hunt Hoax, which is hopefully now nearing an end, is doing very
well. Unfortunately, it probably does undermine our relationship
with Russia. However, the reason for our canceled meeting is
Ukraine. Hopefully, that will be resolved soon so that productive
conversations can begin.”


FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo
FILE
PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President
Vladimir Putin

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Reuters


Russia last weekend
fired on Ukrainian ships
 in the Black Sea. The clash
resulted in Russia seizing the Ukrainian vessels and detaining 24
Ukrainian sailors, who are still in captivity. 

Sanders’ statement also comes a day after Michael Cohen, the
president’s formal personal attorney, said in open court
he’d lied to Congress
about his involvement in a plan to
build Trump Tower in Moscow. Walking back on his previous
statements, Cohen said the discussions on the project lasted well
into the 2016 campaign season. 

Cohen claimed he’d lied out of “loyalty” to Trump and to be
“consistent” with the president’s “political messaging.”


Read more:
Trump’s team can’t seem to get its story straight on whether
Michael Cohen is a liar
 

The discussions to build Trump Tower in Moscow ultimately fell
through, but at one point reportedly included an offer to provide
Putin with a
$50 million penthouse
in the building. 

Cohen’s admissions came after a new plea deal agreement with
special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation
into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential
election. 

Trump has vehemently rejected allegations his campaign colluded
with Russia.

The president in a Friday morning tweet said he might have
“lightly
looked”
at doing some building in Russia.

Trump in the past repeatedly
claimed he had no business dealings with the Russians or
Putin

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