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Trump backed off Putin because 'What do you do? End up in a fistfight?'

Trump reiterated his denial that his campaign colluded with Russians, calling it a media witch hunt

Maggie Haberman & Mark Landler | NYT 

President Trump said on Wednesday that he had confronted President Vladimir V Putin twice about whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election, and changed the subject after Putin flatly denied it because, “What do you do? End up in a fistfight?” Speaking to reporters on Air Force One as he flew to Paris to take part in Bastille Day celebrations, Trump offered his first extended account of a dramatic closed-door meeting he held with Putin last week in Hamburg, Germany. “I said to him, ‘Were you involved in the meddling with the ...

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First Published: Fri, July 14 2017. 09:29 IST