Trump Thanks Putin for Remarks on Strong US Economy

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If so, how on earth did they get that?

It also recently suspended Russia, although Russian athletes can compete as neutrals at the February Olympics in Pyeongchang.

"Whatever people say, I'm convinced, I just know this is the case", Putin told the audience.

"We see some quite serious achievements, even in this short period of time that he's been working", Putin said. "Extraordinary" and "capture" suggest something special, presumably directly involving Putin himself. Well, WaPo reported back in January that U.S. intelligence had captured "communications" of senior Russian officials celebrating Trump's victory. But, he asserted, reports about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election were being invented to create questions about his U.S. counterpart's legitimacy. But the officials must have assumed their chitchat was secure.

The Russian Justice Ministry uploaded on its website on Thursday a list of 67 political parties that at the moment have the right to take part in the presidential election. Presumably the evidence that gave them that confidence is the same evidence referred to in today's WaPo story about Putin giving instructions to deputies.

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GETTYThe pair discussed bilateral relations and the situation in the Korean Peninsula

Addressing the International Olympic Committee's decision last week to ban the Russian Federation from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, Putin said the investigation that revealed a state-sponsored doping program in Russia was driven by an attempt to undermine his expected re-election in 2018.

"Why are the authorities afraid?"

According to the Russian presidential election law, both parliamentary and non-parliamentary parties are eligible to nominate candidates, but each non-parliamentary party needs to collect at least 100,000 voters' signatures in support of its candidate.

The list, compiled by the former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov, initially included 10,000 athletes but was later reduced to 300 names due to lack of evidence. Russia's Central Election Commission (CEC) has drawn a conclusion that between 12 and 15 people could be named as potential candidates for the 2018 presidential election, CEC Secretary Maya Grishina said in a televised interview with the Rossiya'24 channel on Thursday.

The conference was attended by reporters from across Russia and the world, many of whom waved large signs in the hope of being called upon. "No matter what anyone says, I am certain, and I know that it is very much so". Forced to choose between a clear-eyed fully informed view of foreign threats to the U.S. and the belief that he alone deserves credit for defeating Hillary Clinton last year, undiminished by Russian interference - positions which aren't mutually exclusive, except maybe in the president's mind - WaPo would have you believe he's choosing door number two. "Give the Floor to Children", read one.

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