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The Hill: Trump Has Contrasting Claims Regarding Relationship With Putin

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By    |   Wednesday, 27 Jul 2016 04:53 PM

Donald Trump has apparently contradicted himself over statements he's made about Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump, reports The Hill, said Wednesday during a press conference he has never met face-to-face with the Russian leader who once served in the KGB.

"I never met Putin. I don't know who Putin is," Trump said.

"He said one nice thing about me. He said I'm a genius. I said thank you very much to the newspaper, and that was the end of it. I never met Putin."

Last November, however, Trump said he knew Putin after they both appeared on the "60 Minutes" program.

"I got to know him very well because we were both on '60 Minutes,' we were stablemates," Trump said, Time magazine reported. "We did well that night."

Trump's claim to have met Putin during that show's taping is false though, because the two men were on opposite sides of the world when they were interviewed. Trump was in New York City and Putin was in Moscow.

During his Wednesday press conference, Trump said he would like the United States and Russia to work together and defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group.

"I would treat Vladimir Putin firmly, but there's nothing I can think of that I'd rather do then have Russia friendly as opposed to the way they are right now so that we can knock out ISIS together with other people and with other countries," Trump said, according to The Hill.

Trump also asked Russia to hand over any emails belonging to Hillary Clinton to the FBI, leading some to question whether Trump was asking Russia to hack into U.S.-based computers. 

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