'Don't Tell Anyone': Putin Jokingly Offers a Secret

The subject is election meddling
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2019 12:22 PM CDT
Putin Jokingly Offers a 'Secret' on Russian Meddling
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends Russian Energy Week in Moscow on Wednesday.   (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

In June, President Trump jokingly told Vladimir Putin not to meddle in the 2020 election. Putin apparently thinks the joke is still funny. In a panel appearance at Russian Energy Week on Wednesday, he was asked about the concerns that Russia might meddle. "I'll tell you a secret," he replied, with the Week noting he got closer to the microphone as if he were whispering. "Yes, we'll definitely do it. Just don't tell anyone."

CNN reports he continued with a straighter answer: "You know, we have enough of our own problems. We are engaged in resolving internal problems and are primarily focused on this." CNBC adds these lines: "We face huge and major goals in economic and welfare development. ... Why intervene in some country's elections?" (More Vladimir Putin stories.)

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