Trump says he and Putin 'get along very, very well'

Amid new details complicating Russia's involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he got along "very, very well" with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting at the G-20 summit last week.

"I think we get along very, very well. We are a tremendously powerful nuclear power, and so are they. It doesn't make sense not to have some kind of a relationship," Trump said in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network.

"I think we had an excellent meeting," Trump said.

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If this isn't treasonous, I'm not sure what is. https://t.co/QrBaaf4psM
Is this Hillary Collusion?? https://t.co/JMX4kqIbt7
Quick reminder: something doesn't have to be illegal for it to be foolish, wrong and un-American. @DonaldJTrumpJr https://t.co/nnWxmryCKV
.@LindseyGrahamSC on CNN: I know Don Jr and Jared Kushner are new to politics but this is going to require a lot of questions to be answered
.@realDonaldTrump’s son & aides met w/ Russian agent to influence our election. That is a fact.… https://t.co/Enf0NK8AGj
.@MerriamWebster definition of #collusion: secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful p… https://t.co/Rqo26PD5Xw
Liberal media in a frenzy because Donald Trump Jr released all his emails. Should've just deleted them. We know that's fine with them!
What seems interesting: Email tells Trump Jr. the effort is part of Russia government's efforts to help Trump. He doesn't ask questions.
"On its face, this email chain is proof of a willingness expressed by @DonaldJTrumpJr to collude with Russia" --@JakeTapper on @CNN
So...this is it right?
I consider my friend @DonaldJTrumpJr a honorable man in every sense of the word . 🇺🇸✌️
Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman says Trump Jr. emails are "almost a smoking cannon." Told me "there's no question this is treason."
.@matthewamiller: I don't know how anyone can come out and defend what is in these emails, whether republican or democrat #AMR
Graham: Trump Jr. "definitely has to testify" https://t.co/SzwEwq9LLE
Sen. Hatch says the Don Jr. emails are not "relevant" and "all this stuff about Trump's sons and daughter -- it's a bunch of bunk."
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There's NO way Don Jr, Jared & Paul Manafort met w/ the Russian Gov't operative without advising Donald Trump in advance. HE'S GUILTY, TOO!
Tapper: "This can't be dismissed as people out to get Donald J. Trump Jr. or fake news. This is evidence of willing… https://t.co/oSaRNQBtLb
So, I just talked to Mark Warner: https://t.co/eXm4ECI3OW
Sen @ChrisMurphyCT on Don Jr: "For a long time we saw a lot of smoke but no fire, you're seeing the fire today."
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The president also said the pair talked for over two hours and acknowledged that some were confounded over the amount of time he spent with the former KGB officer. "Everyone was surprised by the amount of time but that was a good thing and not a bad thing," Trump said.

President Trump also refuted claims that he wanted help from Russia during the 2016 presidential election, alleging that Putin would have preferred his opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to have won the White House instead of him.

"As an example, if Hillary had won, our military would be decimated. Our energy would be much more expensive. That's what Putin doesn't like about me. And that's why I say, why would he want me?" Trump said.

"So what I keep hearing about that he would have rather had Trump, I think 'probably not.'"

Trump's latest comments on Putin come a day after Donald Trump Jr. tweeted out emails from June 2016 setting up a meeting with a Russian connected lawyer after being told he would be provided "information that would incriminate" Clinton during last year's presidential campaign.

Trump Jr. on Tuesday night admitted while speaking to Sean Hannity on FOX News, "'In retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently."

"I don't think my sirens went [off] or my antenna went up at this time because it wasn't the issue that it's been made out to be over the last nine months, ten months," the son of the president added.

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