Putin Says Trump Pressed Him on U.S. Election Interference

Putin also says Trump is a different person from the one seen on TV

U.S. President Donald Trump, Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk during the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017.
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President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday Donald Trump, his U.S. counterpart, had asked him detailed questions regarding allegations that Moscow had interfered in last year's U.S. election.

Putin, speaking at a news conference in Hamburg at the G20 summit, said he had tried to give Trump detailed answers which he said seemed to satisfy the U.S. president. 

According to the Russian leader, a working relationship has been established between the two leaders. Futhermore, Putin believes that at least partial cooperation with Washington could be achieved. 

He further commented that the two leaders had agreed to work together on cyber security, and said he thought Trump in reality was a different person from the one seen on TV. 

German leader Chancellor Angela Merkel commented on the Trump and Putin meeting, saying that she was happy that the two world leaders had met, saying that it was the start of a dialogue, and that she hoped that the relationship would develop.