Trump Triumphant is G20 While CNN Push More #FAKENEWS
The Donald Trump seen on television is different from the one in real life, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the G20 summit, adding that after his meeting with the US leader in Hamburg, he felt like relations between the two countries could at least partially be restored.
Putin and Trump met for more than two hours, instead of the planned 30-40 minutes. The leaders had “positive chemistry” and “connected quickly,” US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said after the meeting on Friday.
The US and Russian leaders were joined at the meeting by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Donald Trump said that his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday was “tremendous.” The first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders lasted for more than two hours on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg.
“I had a tremendous meeting yesterday with President Putin,” Trump said while speaking with UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday.
“As for personal relations, I think that they are established,” Putin said of his meeting with Trump.
“I think that if we continue building our relations like during our conversation yesterday, there are grounds to believe that we’ll be able to – at least partially – restore the level of cooperation that we need,” Putin said.
“He [Trump] asked many questions on that subject. I answered those questions as best I could. I think he took it into consideration and agreed with me, but you should really ask him how he feels about it,” the Russian president said.
Regarding cybersecurity, the Russian leader said that he and Trump “agreed that there should never be a situation of uncertainty, especially in the future, in this sphere.”
“The US president and I agreed that we’ll create a working group and work together on how to jointly monitor security in cyberspace, how to ensure unconditional compliance with international legal norms, and how to prevent interference in internal affairs of foreign countries,” Putin said.
“If we manage to organize this work – and I have no reasons to doubt that – then there will be no more speculation on this topic [of Russia meddling],” he added.
The situation in Syria was also addressed during the press conference, with Putin saying the new US administration had a “more pragmatic” stance on the issue.
“I think the [US] position became more pragmatic. It doesn’t seem to have changed drastically [compared to the Obama administration], but there’s an understanding that we can achieve a lot by joining forces,” he said.
As Paul Ebeling noted
CNN, a unit of Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) got hammered in the cable ratings last week – coming in at #10 behind HGTV, Nick At Nite, the History Channel, and sports network ESPN.
Citing ratings from the week of 26 June – 2 July, CNN’s viewership of its prime-time shows was ranked significantly lower than Fox News and MSNBC, a unit of Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), which placed 1st and 2nd.
The ratings deep dive comes at the hand the network’s dust-up with US President Donald Trump, as well criticism for its going after an unidentified Reddit poster who created the GIF of President Trump beating up on CNN, proactively suggesting it could dox (out) him.