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Speaking with reporters in the press cabin on Air Force One on Saturday, Trump called Comey a proven "liar" and "leaker", as he seemed to take Russian President Vladimir Putin's word that he didn't meddle in last year's U.S. presidential election.

Although the Presidents had no formal meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Da Nang, Vietnam on November 10-11, they met briefly several times, and approved this joint statement in which they agreed to the necessity of easing the humanitarian suffering in Syria and called on all the United Nations member countries to contribute to the effort.

In January 2017, Trump denied any contact between his campaign and Russian officials or Russians trying to meddle in the election, calling it "fake news" and a "witch hunt".

In fact, Trump has stated that one of the ways to obtain Russia's help in solving the North Korea crisis is by getting China to support USA efforts and initiatives.

I mean, they ought to look at Podesta. And I believe - I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it.

I don't believe Trump ever joked about Russian hostility being an outdated relic of the Cold War, as Obama did to Romney prior to the 2012 election.

President Trump's 12 days in Asia generated headline after headline.

During his opening monologue, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon also joked about Trump asking Putin whether he meddled in the election. A 37-year-old Hanoian architect said he was happy that Trump won the presidency because "he says he doesn't like China".

"The Trump administration's plan of substituting bilateral FTAs for the multilateral TPP is going nowhere fast", said Bonnie Glaser, an Asia scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Trump didn't allow Russian Federation to get American uranium to spread around, and Trump never promised to give Putin flexibility, once accountability to voters was no longer an issue, as Obama did. Clapper agreed, saying Trump is "very susceptible to rolling out the red carpet and honour guards and all the trappings and pomp and circumstance that come with the office".

The remarks drew rebuke from former US intelligence officials and top USA lawmakers, including former Republican presidential candidate, Senator John McCain.

"It poses a peril to this country", Clapper said.

Even as Moscow slams the United States as a regional provocateur, some prominent Russian experts on Korea, such as Georgy Toloraya, dismiss fears that the planning military action as hype.

And all indications are that Putin, while laughing at Trump behind his back, is getting set to conduct the exact same kind of disinformation campaign that helped Trump win in 2016. Why isn't he willing to stand up to Mr. Putin?

Other shows also touched on the Trump-Russia issue.

A USA intelligence official told VOA there has been no change to the assessment about Russia's efforts to influence last year's election.

Joe Lapointe spent 20 years as a sports reporter for The New York Times and worked as a segment producer for Countdown With Keith Olbermann.

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