I’m not going to renounce him.” (Putin has not publicly called Trump a genius.) Read more | Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak attends a speech in Washington in which Trump vows to seek better relations with Russia.
Read more | President Trump directed the White House’s top lawyer, Don Mc Gahn, to stop Attorney General Jeff Sessions from recusing himself from the FBI's investigation into Russian election meddling and tried to persuade him not to do so, according to two people familiar with the discussions.
The deal is abandoned by January 2016 because because Trump's business lacked the land and permits.
Read more | Putin says Trump is "colorful" and "talented." Trump calls the compliment an “honor.” Even as ties to Russia become a campaign issue in 2016, Trump refuses to renounce Putin: “A guy calls me a genius, and I’m going to renounce?
Read more | After a briefing at the White House with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, associates of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Trump asked him to get then-FBI Director James Comey to pull back its focus on Flynn in the Russia investigation. Read more | Trump fires Comey, who was leading the investigation into Trump team's ties to Russia.
Read more | A day or two after the meeting, Trump calls Coats and asks him to issue a public statement denying the existence of any evidence of coordination between Russian officials and the Trump campaign. The stunning decision sparked fears that the investigation might be upended now that Trump himself can handpick a new supervisor.