Russian President Vladimir Putin denied having any compromising information on President Donald Trump during a joint press conference with the U.S. president Monday.
“I did hear those rumors that we allegedly collected compromising material on Mr. Trump when he was visiting Moscow. Let me tell you this: When President Trump [visited] Moscow back then, I didn’t even know he was in Moscow,” Putin said.
The Russian president continued, “I treat President Trump with utmost respect, but when he was a private individual — a businessman — nobody informed me he was in Moscow. Let’s take [the] St. Petersburg Economic Forum, for instance. There were over 500 American businessmen — high-level ones. I don’t remember the last names of each and every one of them.”
Trump also reacted angrily to the question, saying, “If they had it, it would have been out a long time ago.”
Putin also admitted that he wanted President Donald Trump to win the 2016 presidential election during the joint press conference.
“Yes, I did. Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the U.S./Russia relationship back to normal,” Putin said when asked directly.