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October 16, 2018

If the Republicans lose the House in November's midterms, it's not President Trump's fault, Trump said Tuesday.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump said he will "handle it very well" if Democrats take over the House and launch new investigations or pursue impeachment. Trump has been hitting the campaign trail hard, he said, and doesn't believe "anybody has ever had this kind of impact." Democrats are polling well ahead of the midterms, and Trump said he did not agree that he's in a similar boat as former President Barack Obama, who in 2010 took some blame for his party getting "shellacked."

Trump also spoke about Michael Cohen, his former personal lawyer and fixer, accusing him of being a liar and "PR person who did small legal work," and defended calling adult film star Stormy Daniels "Horseface." AP asked him if he thought it was appropriate to comment on a woman's appearance, and Trump responded, "You can take it any way you want." He revealed that he should name U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley's replacement within the next two weeks, and blasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions, still unhappy that his recusal from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. "I can fire him whenever I want to fire him," he said. Catherine Garcia

July 16, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin has a message for the Department of Justice: We didn't do it.

The leader definitively slammed accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election — and any election — during a press conference alongside President Trump, following the two men's closed-door meeting Monday. Russia "has never interfered and is not going to interfere into internal American affairs, including election processes," Putin claimed.

That's a slightly different message than the U.S. delivered Friday, when Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe indicted 12 Russian agents on charges related to interference in the election. Trump barely mentioned the charges before Monday's meeting, but revealed during the press conference that the two leaders did at least bring up the subject. Putin apparently "feels very strongly" about election meddling and has an "interesting idea" about it, Trump said.

Putin and Trump went on to question interference allegations as the conference continued. Putin welcomed Mueller's team to witness Russia's own interrogations of interference suspects, while Trump maintained his ongoing denial of any collusion, notably refusing to caution Putin against potential future interference because he "doesn't see any reason why" Russia would've meddled in the 2016 election anyway. Kathryn Krawczyk

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