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Russia had sweeping plan to normalize relations early in Trump's term

Early in the Trump administration, Russia proposed a sweeping reset of the U.S.-Russian relationship, which would have normalized diplomatic, military and intelligence relations, according to a document provided to the State Department by a Russian diplomat. The document, delivered by the diplomat...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 4:14pm

Trump thanks Putin for expelling U.S. diplomats from Moscow

President Trump thanked Vladimir Putin on Thursday for ordering the expulsion of 755 U.S. diplomats from Moscow, saying it would "cut down our payroll." Putin ordered the staff cut by Sept. 1, in response to new sanctions against Russia that were passed by Congress last month and signed...

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 2:07pm

Putin's order to expel 755 Russian diplomats will affect mostly Russians

Over the weekend, Russian president Vladimir Putin responded to new sanctions levied by the U.S. Congress by ordering the removal of 755 American diplomats from U.S. embassies in Russia. But the vast majority of those will not be Americans but Russian nationals, the New York Times reported on...

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 4:53pm

World leaders weirded out by Trump's secret dinner meeting with Putin

Reaction to the revelation that President Trump held a second, undisclosed meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit has not been great. There is the "undisclosed" matter. There is the fact that it was attended only by Trump, Putin and Putin's translator, meaning...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 2:31pm

Trump’s America: Vladimir, baby!

What do you say to Vladimir Putin? That depends. Are you Donald Trump? If not, you’d surely want to confront the Russian strongman on his illegal annexation of Ukrainian territory, his cynical support of the brutal Syrian regime and, especially, his campaign to alter the results of the 2016...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 6:15am

Putin trolls James Comey by offering him asylum in Russia

Displaying his trademark rollicking sense of humor, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered former FBI Director James Comey asylum in Russia on Wednesday, in case he is prosecuted for helping release contents of his memo to the media.  During a televised Q&A on the Kremlin-controlled TV...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 9:07pm

I don't have bad days because I'm not a woman: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin does not have “bad days,” because he is “not a woman.” He also prefers not to shower next to a gay man so as not to “provoke him.” Basically, Putin will never bleed out of his “wherever," and he thinks he’s...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 5:13pm

Putin leaves Russians guessing on economic reform plan

Russia's leading economic thinkers say the country needs bold action to avoid stagnation. After President Vladimir Putin set out his ideas for the economy in a keynote speech on Friday, they are still waiting to hear what that action will be. Addressing the St Petersburg International Economic...

Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 5:11pm

Trump, after House panel subpoenas, backs probing Obama administration

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday backed the U.S. House Intelligence Committee's efforts to investigate actions by U.S. security and other officials under previous president Barack Obama, inserting himself into a political feud over its latest subpoenas in the Russia probe. "The big...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 11:48am

Exclusive: Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians: sources

Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 12:36pm

Putin says Trump did not reveal intelligence secrets, offers to hand over meeting transcripts

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump had not passed on any secrets to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting in Washington last week and that he could prove it. Speaking at a news conference alongside Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 10:16am

No, Stephen Colbert is not being censored by the FCC for his controversial Trump joke

Despite conflicting reports amid the #FireColbert backlash for a crude joke about President Trump, “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert is not being censored by the FCC. During his monologue on Monday night, Colbert made an oral sex joke involving President Donald Trump and Russian...

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 10:27am

NY congressman calls Putin 'thief' for stealing Bob Kraft's Super Bowl ring

Tom Brady might have his jersey back, but a New York congressman said it was just the “first step” in getting back another piece of New England Patriots memorabilia: owner Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl ring, taken by Vladimir Putin during a meeting in 2005.Kraft showed off the ring while meeting with...

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 2:57am

Trump is 'naive,' doesn't understand Putin: Russian report

A dossier ordered by the Kremlin on President Donald Trump has called him "naive," saying the billionaire businessman "doesn't understand fully" Russian President Vladimir Putin.The report on Trump's psychological makeupis being prepared for Putin ahead of his first meeting with Trump, the date of...

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 2:33pm

LIVE: Donald Trump's first press conference in 6 months

Facing tough questions, President-elect Donald Trump makes his first appearance in front of the press Wednesday morning since before Election Day.Trump is facing mounting criticism over his cabinet nominations, who are undergoing Senate confirmation hearings over the next week, and a recently...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 10:29am

Buzzfeed faces media backlash after publishing Trump-Russia claims

BuzzFeed News' decision to publish an "explosive" 35-page dossier alleging Russia's significant involvement in the U.S. election has led to significant backlash against the news organization.Comprised of a series of memos, the dossier that BuzzFeed released Tuesday night contains intelligence-...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 8:49am

US intel report says Putin directed cyber campaign aimed at helping Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to help Republican Donald Trump's electoral chances by discrediting Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign, U.S. intelligence agencies said in an assessment on Friday.Russia's objectives were to undermine public faith in the U.S...

Friday, January 6, 2017 - 4:20pm

The President-elect’s New Year’s wish — in 140 characters

Nineteen days before he will be tasked with uniting a divided nation, President-elect Donald Trump issued a New Year’s tweet that is sure to give you the warm and fuzzies.NOT! *Instead, the 45th president of the United States taunted his enemies.Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies...

Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 2:23pm

US sanctions Russia over election hacking

The Obama administration hit back at Russia Thursday in retaliation for hacking Democratic Party emails aimed at influencing the 2016 presidential election.In an executive order, President Barak Obamaejected 35 Russian intelligence operatives from the U.S. and imposed sanctions on five Russian...

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 2:24pm

Trump on nuclear weapons tweet: 'Let it be an arms race' - MSNBC

President-elect Donald Trump, asked to clarify his comments about expanding U.S. nuclear weapons capability, said, "Let it be an arms race," and that the United States would win it, MSNBC reported on Friday.Trump had alarmed non-proliferation experts on Thursday with a Twitter post that said the...

Friday, December 23, 2016 - 10:43am