Speed Reads


Trump and Putin just talked about the Mueller report

The Mueller report is on everybody's minds — especially those of the two world leaders most mentioned in it.

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spent more than an hour on the phone Friday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. Their conversation, she said, touched on Venezuela, North Korea, and, perhaps most interestingly, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian election interference.

Trump and Putin discussed the report "very, very briefly" and "in the context that it's over," Sanders said. They mentioned that "there was no collusion, which I’m pretty sure both leaders were very well aware of long before this call took place," Sanders continued.

Sanders didn't say if Trump brought up the report's clear conclusion that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election "in sweeping and systematic fashion." Despite this, Putin's allies have still been publicly lauding the report's findings — or at least putting a "no collusion" spin on them. Trump also didn't seem to mention how Republicans in the Senate were very focused on the report's Russian meddling aspects during a Wednesday testimony with Attorney General William Barr.