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Trump on Defense Over Reputed Ties to Vladimir Putin

In a 2013 interview on MSNBC, Trump said he had a relationship with Putin, who was "very interested in what we're doing here"

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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, on July 28, 2016, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. During an interview on ABC, Trump continued to defend himself by saying he did not know Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Donald Trump was still defending the idea that he has “no relationship” with Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite a 2013 interview where Trump said he did, NBC News reported. 

    "I do have a relationship and I can tell you that he's very interested in what we're doing here today," Trump said at the time, in an interview with MSNBC's Thomas Roberts, then in Moscow.

    During an interview on ABC Sunday, Trump said he feels Putin “treats me with great respect” but that the two do not know each other. He asked “what do you call a relationship?” and said he doesn’t know what it “means by having a relationship.”

    "I haven't spent time with him. I didn't have dinner with him. I didn't — go hiking with him. I don't know-- I-- I wouldn't know him from Adam except I see his picture, and I would know what he looks like," Trump stated unequivocally.

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