CNNanchor Jake Tapper slammedPresident Trumpover the phone conversation he had withRussian President Vladimir Putin this week, telling a panel that Trump shares Putin’s perspective as if he’s “the spokesman for the Kremlin.”
During their wide-ranging hourlong conversation, both leaders discussed theongoing crisis in Venezuela, tensions with North Korea, trade negotiations, and theMueller Report, which Trump referred to as a “Russian hoax” on Twitter.
Trump told reporters that Putin is “not looking at all to get involved” in Venezuela, which contradicts Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, who’ve said Russia has been propping up Venezuelan President Nicholás Maduro.
“We’ve done stories on this show about how there are Russian troops in Venezuela right now!”Tapper exclaimed. “Just to be clear, this is not the president saying, ‘Well, this is what Putin claims.’ He is giving Putin’s point of view almost as if he is the spokesman for the Kremlin. ‘He is not looking to get involved in Venezuela.’ There are Russian troops in Venezuela!”