Asked if he had any information that could tarnish Mr. Trump’s image, the Russian president replied, “Well, that’s a new salvo of nonsense.”
The Russian president also said he did not know if the Russian ambassador in Washington had been in contact with Donald Trump’s campaign team before the November election. “Do you think that (…) the ambassador keeps me informed every day of whom he meets and with whom he eats,” he said.
The Russian president also said he had not heard of a proposal made by Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to establish a secret channel for communication with the Kremlin.
According to the Washington Post, Jared Kushner made this proposal during a meeting with the Russian ambassador to Washington, Sergei Kisliak, in December at the Trump Tower in New York.
“I am not aware of this proposal. No such proposal has come to my attention,” Putin said. He added that if a proposal had been made and deemed interesting by the Russians, his Minister of Foreign Affairs would have kept him informed.
In addition, Putin assured that he hardly knew the former adviser of his American counterpart Donald Trump, Michael Flynn, at the heart of the supposed collusion between Moscow and the entourage of the President of the United States.
“You and I, you and I personally have a closer relationship than I have with Mr. Flynn,” Putin told NBC presenter Megyn Kelly who interviewed him last weekend In St. Petersburg.