Support The Moscow Times!

Trump Says ‘Good Relations’ With Russia Still Possible After ‘Witch Hunt’

Kremlin.ru

President Donald Trump has said the United States could improve relations with Russia, days after the end of a U.S. special counsel investigation.

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced his resignation last week — two years after being appointed to probe Russian interference in the 2016 election — saying the investigation was never going to end with criminal charges against Trump. Mueller did not clear the U.S. President and indicated it was up to Congress to decide whether he should be impeached.

“I think we can have a good relationship with Russia. I think it’s hurt by the phony witch hunt, you know,” Trump told the Fox News Channel during a taped interview in Normandy, France on Thursday.

Trump added that Mueller had made a "such a fool out of himself” during his testimony.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin said on Friday that Putin and Trump could meet at the G20 meeting in Japan's Osaka later this month, Interfax reported.

"There is of course a chance. There is a chance anything could happen," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying.

Reuters contributed reporting to this article.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

As we approach the holiday season, please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world’s largest country.