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News Analysis: Trump’s Conspicuous Silence Leaves a Struggle Against Russia Without a Leader


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Inside a 3-Year Russian Campaign to Influence U.S. Voters


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News Analysis: Indictment Makes Trump’s Hoax Claim Harder to Sell

On Friday afternoon, after Mr. Trump left Washington for his Palm Beach, Fla., estate, the White House issued a defiant statement claiming that the investigation had uncovered no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.GraphicThe Propaganda Tools Used by Russians to Influence the 2016 ElectionThirteen Russian nationals have been charged with illegally trying to disrupt the American political process through inflammatory social media posts and organized political rallies.OPEN Graphic“It’s time we stop the outlandish partisan attacks, wild and false allegations, and far-fetched theories, which only serve to further the agendas of bad actors, like Russia, and do nothing to protect the principles of our institutions,” the president said in a statement.In a tweet, Mr. Trump played up Mr. Mueller’s assertion that the Russian operation had begun in 2014, well before he declared his candidacy. “The Trump campaign did nothing wrong — no collusion!” he wrote.Far from being rattled, Mr. Trump was elated, according to his advisers, because he viewed it as evidence that Mr. Mueller now knows who the malefactors are — and they do not include him or members of his team. (The indictment refers to campaign officials who met or communicated with Russians, but says they were “unwitting.”)Yet Mr. Trump sidestepped the fact that he has stubbornly denied Russia’s interference, even after two assessments by the nation’s intelligence agencies concluded that Russia had meddled […]

Where There’s Smoke, There’s a Conspiracy Theory at a Russian Consulate

The smoke was first spotted around noon on Friday. Neighbors called the Fire Department.“We responded as if it were a fire,” said a Fire Department spokeswoman, Mindy Talmadge. “When we got to the consulate, we confirmed that it was coming from the chimney.”With a layer of smoke haze covering the bay from wildfires in Northern California, Friday had been declared a “Spare the Air Day,” when residents are urged to cut back on activities that cause pollution. As images of the consulate smoke circulated on social media, the Bay Area Air District tweeted that it was taking action.“I have no idea what they are burning,” said Lisa Fasano, a spokeswoman for the air district, which enforces and regulates air quality in the nine-county region. “But we are having poor air quality out here right now. We need to do everything we can to protect our air.”Ms. Fasano said the inspector patrolled the neighborhood and took pictures […]

Russians Call Putin’s Trump Meeting Win, but Doubt Concrete Gains

One Russian tabloid called the meeting “historic,” and over all there was a sense of relief that if short on concrete agreements, the talks seemed to halt the downward spiral in relations and lack of contact between the two countries.Continue reading the main storyThis meeting “opened the way to a second, a third, a fourth meeting, where meaningful decisions will be made,” Sergei Markov, a political commentator close to the Kremlin, wrote on Facebook. He hailed the return to “normal contacts,” which he said had been destroyed by Mr. Obama, who sought to isolate Russia after it seized Crimea in March 2014.Amid the cheering in Moscow, however, there were notes of caution about the frequent gaps between what Mr. Trump says and what he does and can deliver. And more important, there was a recognition that the domestic mood toward Russia in the United States remained sour.The main message that emerged after more than two hours of talks on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit meeting in Hamburg on Friday was that deals were possible, analysts said, and the mere fact that the two presidents had met in person for the first time since Mr. Trump was elected mattered more than the lack of a breakthrough.“It is important that they finally met because if you look at the history of the relations between Washington and Moscow, these relations always depended to a large extent on the personal contact between the two leaders,” said Andrei V. Kortunov, the director of the Russian International Affairs Council, a foreign policy research group, in an interview […]

Trump Questions Putin on Election Meddling at Eagerly Awaited Encounter

Mr. Trump, according to Mr. Lavrov, “mentioned that certain circles in the U.S. are still exaggerating, although they cannot prove this, the topic of Russia’s interference with the U.S. election.”Both sides agreed that the two leaders had been eager to pivot from the dispute and discuss other matters, including a new effort to combat cyberthreats and a cease-fire to begin as early as Sunday in a limited area of southwestern Syria.While such a step in Syria would be small, it appeared to reflect a desire by American and Russian officials to move past their tense flare-ups over the Syria conflict and facilitate a way to end the six-year civil war there. Moscow has been backing the government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria while the United States has sought to aid opposition groups fighting to oust him.Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyThank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. Please try again later.You are already subscribed to this email.View all New York Times newsletters.“I think this is our first indication of the U.S. and Russia being able to work together in Syria,” Mr. Tillerson said.Continue reading the main storyTrump administration officials had said that Mr […]

Trump and Putin Meet Face to Face


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