Vladimir Putin, in Hockey Gear, Reacts to Comey Firing: ‘We Have Nothing to Do With That’

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Russian president Vladimir Putin said that they “have nothing to do with” President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, whose bureau is conducting an investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

CBS News foreign correspondent Elizabeth Palmer caught up with Putin in Sochi, where he was preparing to participate in a hockey game.

She asked him how the firing of Comey will affect relations between the United States and Russia.


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“There will be no effect,” he told her. “Your question looks very funny for me. Don’t be angry with me. We have nothing to do with that. President Trump is acting in accordance with his confidence and in accordance with his law and constitution.”

At the White House, Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and Russian media was allowed in to take photos of the two. But when the White House press pool was summoned to the Oval Office, Trump was seated next to Henry Kissinger, the former secretary of state under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Trump said that Kissinger was there to talk about “Russia and various other matters.”

When Trump was asked why Comey was fired, he said, “He wasn’t doing a good job. Very simply, he was not doing a good job.”

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  1. anonynous says:

    the President from the United States of America, he is not committing any crime by speaking and doing business with the president of Russia 2016 or 2017, because RUSSIA and the country of the United States of America, they are already join the same economic system since 1989, that the President of the United States of America, by political duty and respecting the laws of his country, should not do business with Republicans , like the Republic of Mexico because they have no political or economic stability,

  2. Branislav says:

    Peskov did not translate that properly, Putin said that they (Russia) have no attitude about that. The way Peskov translated sounded like they are defensive about being implicated in the firing.

    • Realsparkler says:

      And look at you trying to take their words out of context and attribute a defensive stance where none existed. More like laughable, certainly not defensive. Translation or not, the Putin reaction was, ‘You can’t be serious asking such a ridiculous question of me.” That is what came across. CBS was trying hard to spin this into something big back in the studio when it only made Palmer and network look foolish in their obsessive, persistent quest to uncover some ‘gotcha’ moment on Pres Trump. Painful to watch.

  3. RealityCheck says:

    The American Media is unhinged. They have lost all sense of credibility now. So sad for our country, journalism is dead.

  4. George Lewis says:

    Silly silly fake news reporters trying to insinuate any connection between Trump’s decision on FBI Director & Russian officials. Putin rightfully sees it as comedy (just as the best comedy channel/laughs on TV is MSNBC).

  5. Kaboom! says:

    I’m sure that by tonight the liberal media of hate will spin this into something nefarious. Putin has to be laughing at how ignorant and spiteful the newsmedia has become.

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