Putin says Trump was ‘satisfied’ with his election meddling denials
09 July 2017 | 5:00 am
President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday he thought his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump had been satisfied with his assertions that Russia had not meddled in the U.S. presidential election.
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