Donald Trump sat down with Sean Hannity shortly after his press conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin following their summit in Helsinki. Not surprisingly, Hannity had strong words of praise for Trump, who in turn had strong praise for Putin.
Hannity began the interview saying, “You literally just finished the press conference with president Putin moments ago. A lot of stuff came up. You were very strong at the end of the press conference.” The “very strong” Hannity referred to concerned the president’s bringing up email servers and former FBI agent Peter Strzok in response to a question about Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Trump, on the other hand, praised Putin, saying, “I thought that President Putin was very strong.” The Hannity interview took place before Trump became aware of the negative reaction to the press conference back home. Many people, even those in his own party, took issue with Trump’s believing Putin over the U.S. intelligence community when the authoritarian leader told him that Russia didn’t interfere with the 2016 election.
Still, Trump considered the summit a bigly success, saying, “Well, I think we’re doing really well with Russia as of today. I thought we were doing horribly before today. I mean horribly. Dangerously.” “It was that big, that dramatic today?” Hannity asked. Trump replied, “I think it was great today, but I think it was really bad five hours ago.”
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