Trump just spoke to Putin for over an hour
President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday for more than an hour, the White House announced. Among the topics they reportedly discussed were Venezuela, nuclear weapons, North Korea, and Ukraine.
Of course, it's natural for a president to talk to other world leaders, and this event actually seemed to stand out for its transparency — the White House has previously announced that it was breaking with the tradition of issuing formal readouts of Trump's conversations with the heads of other countries.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also noted that the presidents discussed Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report. She said they agreed "it's over and there was no collusion."
On Twitter, Trump said:
Had a long and very good conversation with President Putin of Russia. As I have always said, long before the Witch… https://t.co/TAlzmvxATK— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1556903191.0
....We discussed Trade, Venezuela, Ukraine, North Korea, Nuclear Arms Control and even the “Russian Hoax.” Very productive talk!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1556903191.0
Of course, the Mueller report showed extensive contacts between Trump's campaign in 2016 and officials associated with the Russian government, which arguably amount to "collusion." It's not clear exactly what Trump meant by the "Russia Hoax." He may be referring to allegations of a conspiracy with Russia, which was never established by the evidence, or the broader allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help him win, which Trump and Putin have both repeatedly denied despite the evidence.
Correction at 2:13 p.m. Eastern: An earlier version of this report, citing NBC News, said that Sanders had confirmed Trump spoke to Putin about former White House Counsel's potential testimony before Congress. NBC News has since corrected that story and explained that Sanders was only answering a question about McGahn's testimony; she did not say that it was a topic of conversation between Trump and Putin. This story has been updated to reflect these facts.