Trump admitted that Russian Federation interfered in the US Presidential Elections, however, he changed the topic by saying that China has also interfered.
Let's look at the background: The wide ranging interview on Sunday, October 14, by correspondent Lesley Stahl on the CBS 60 Minutes program turned to President Trump's relationship with Russian Federation.
"It's been a while since we've seen Trump's rhetoric challenged in any significant way in a television interview", The Washington Post's Philip Bump said in an analysis of some of the questions asked and answers Trump gave during the interview. "I don't think they're ready yet", he said in response to a question.
"They meddled. But I think China meddled, too, ' Trump said when Stahl asked if he believed Russian Federation had run interference in the last presidential election".
The interview followed an ABC News exclusive with First Lady Melania Trump, in which she said she has warned her husband that he can not trust some of the key people around him.
The host confronted the USA president on why he never harshly criticizes the Russian leader. "They wouldn't be able to help me at all".
"Well, we do not have a trade war with any other country, including the United States".
Trump argues that China is a big problem. "To call Russia! Ridiculous", said Donald trump.
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"So I always used to say the toughest people are Manhattan real estate guys and blah, blah". And there is good mutual understanding and good working relationship between the two.
"I know you say the US started it, but whoever started it, are you saying the USA and China are engaged in a trade war?" "But Gen. Mattis is a good guy". I don't think it's a hoax, I think there's probably a difference. "Everybody. People leave. That's Washington". The President last month threatened to impose even more tariffs if China retaliates against American farmers or other industries. "They want to negotiate. they want to negotiate", he said.
Responding to a question about whether Russian Federation intervened in elections in 2016, trump confirmed Russia's intervention, but noted that "China, too, intervened". "Frankly, I like Gen. Mattis [but] I think I know more about it than he does".
Also appearing on Fox, he said China has grown frustrated in trade talks because of conflicting signals from the Trump administration.
"China voted for all existing sanctions, and we have implemented all the United Nations resolutions - we have implemented them faithfully". I do want to heal'.
When pressed over his embrace of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump said he knew about Kim's human rights violations, but that his efforts have resulted in fewer threats to the United States. 'I don't know.' Where's the house? I mean, I'm not a baby.
"I could have been earlier with terminating the NAFTA deal", he said.
"The President continued", Look, let it be whatever it is. I'm not gonna get into it because we won.