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Trump walked alongside the Russian president at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam, and he insisted he believed Putin's claims about election interference over USA intelligence assessments.

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.

When asked by a reporter if he could say with absolute certainty that the election results were not skewed as a result of Russian interference, Pompeo said, "The intelligence community's assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the election".

But he hinted that he-kind of, maybe, perhaps-sort of believes the American intelligence agencies now when they say that Russian Federation interfered because he, Trump, has appointed his own people to lead them. "Every time he sees me, he says, 'I didn't do that....' Putin said he did not do what they said he did". And I believe - I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it. "Nothing bad has happened", President Putin said adding that he was ready to think about the future of the US-Russian relationship. But that doesn't invalidate the findings of dozens of intelligence professionals who looked at Russia's activities throughout the election process and concluded that Putin had directed a campaign to influence the 2016 presidential contest.

Putin once again denied that Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 US election.

Trump is returning from his tour of Japan, China, South Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines. "Comey's proven now to be a liar and he's proven to be a leaker", he said on route to Hanoi, referring to the FBI's former director, who was sacked early in Trump's presidency amid much controversy.

Trump, Source C continues, even offered to defend Bill Clinton during impeachment proceedings: "He said he did not inhale". Trump won't exactly say. "It's something Mr. Trump should be ashamed of". 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".

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According to the Daily Star in London, in a story which it headlined "Putin puts nail in North Korea's coffin with shock move", the Russian leader signed a decree that will cut vital supplies from entering North Korea.

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

Manafort has been charged with 12 counts including conspiracy against the United States. "And our president fosters that ambiguity". "Obama tried also, but he had zero chemistry with Putin". "The elites understand that Putin will seek reelection but many would still like clarity", he was cited as saying.

Trump's visits to Beijing, Seoul, and Tokyo focused by-and-large on two major issues: North Korea and trade.

"All the countries she visited to look of course it's Donald Trump for president but of course the mainstream media is going to tell you that Watch CNN", another added. "And I don't think they have any intention of backing off".

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.