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You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about US, Russia relations. 497 people are quoted and you can read 1068 citations of them about US, Russia relations. Vladimir Putin, Donald J. Trump, Sergey Lavrov and Rex W. Tillerson, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Vladimir Putin said: “Some forces are making use of Russian-American relations to resolve internal political problems in the United States. I believe that such a person like Trump, with his character, will never be hostage to someone's interests.”.
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Bob Geldof

I am sick of these leaders. I am sick of Putin, I'm sick of Xi Jinping, I'm sick of Trump, I am sick of Erdogan. I loathe these people. I despise these people. How dare they behave in the manner they behave? How dare they?feedback

Kirill Dmitriev

Well, I think Russia and Saudi Arabia have lots of things in common. We want to diversify our economies away from oil and frankly, there was not much going on before. So, of course we are not talking about Russia being a substitute for the U.S. The U.S. will remain a key partner for Saudi Arabia for hundreds of years to come. Frankly, the effect of sanctions have already been taken in by the market. We had good positive growth of 2 percent this year and, frankly, most companies just shrug those sanctions off because nothing in those sanctions precludes anyone investing in us (Russia).feedback

Igor Konashenkov

If the United States views such operations as unforeseen 'coincidences,' then the Russian air force in Syria is prepared to begin the complete destruction of all such 'coincidences' in the zones under their control. The main obstacle to completing the defeat of Islamic State in Syria is not the military capability of the terrorists but the support for them, and flirtation with them, by the United States.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Some forces are making use of Russian-American relations to resolve internal political problems in the United States. I believe that such a person like Trump, with his character, will never be hostage to someone's interests.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We have many friends in America who want to develop ties with us. We support ties with them irrespective of the current political situation.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Certain forces use the Russian-American ties to solve internal political problems in the U.S. We are patiently waiting until this process in the internal political life in America will end.feedback

Marco Urena

We used to always talk MLS – 'It's not that good for us, I'd better go to Europe'. If you tell me right now when I was in Costa Rica at 20 years old and I left to Russia, I would've preferred to be in MLS first and then maybe go to Europe, step by step. In Europe the competition is really high, you have players from Africa and Asia – all of the good players meet in this continent. It's a small country, nobody knows where Costa Rica is, so it's difficult for you to open eyes.feedback

Robert Joyce

If you give your source code to China as a condition of entering into that market, you've got to wonder if competitors are then going to start to adopt those features. And we've seen some examples of that in the past and that really concerns us. The idea that you can't enter China's market without offering up your intellectual property in this way, without agreeing maybe to hobble some of the security and privacy features of it ... Russia is heading that way, a bunch of totalitarian regimes are heading that way.feedback

Marcus Rashford

We've got our identity. The people around us, when they start to understand what we're like as a team, as a group… Listen it's difficult, we are only together 10 days at a time. There's not much time to find that identify but we are doing our best to do it, and go to Russia with a plan and try to win the tournament. We are realistic with how we're playing against the teams in the qualifiers and we have to build a play when we get to the tournament.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Wouldn't it be a great thing if we could get along with Russia?feedback

Paul Manafort

I assume you have shown our friends my media coverage, right? How do we use to get whole. Has OVD operation seen? You should cover V on this story and make certain that V understands that this is all BS, and that the real facts are the ones we passed along last year.feedback

Vera Kurochkina

The suggestion that Mr. Deripaska owes money to Mr. Manafort is absurd. Except for the contents of these e-mails, Mr. Manafort has never made any such claim. To the contrary, as set out in widely reported court filings, it is Mr. Manafort who has failed to provide any accounting in respect of investments for which he was responsible. Mr. Manafort is the debtor here, not the creditor.feedback

Vera Kurochkina

There is no evidence that these or any other e-mails were sent by either Mr. Manafort or Mr. Kilimnik to Mr. Deripaska and they were not. Mr. Deripaska had no communications, meetings, briefings, or other interactions with Mr. Manafort during, after, or in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election or for many years prior to that time.feedback

Jamye Wooten

Our biggest concern is our local government, how black lives are being treated in America, not so much Russia's possible interference. That's not anywhere near the top of our list of concerns.feedback

Mark Z. Jacobson - Navy

This is not because the Russians are believers in the ideologies espoused by any of these movements. This is about the Russians exacerbating pre-existing tensions. By building upon these existing divides.feedback

Bob Corker

I think the greatest threat to our nation is us. The way we handle our finances, we as a nation are the greatest threat to our nation. It's not ISIS. It's not North Korea. It's not ascendant China. It's not Russia. We are the greatest threat.feedback

Philipp Thiel

I'm afraid about the future. I don't expect a third world war but maybe something like that, with North Korea, Turkey, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, Trump.feedback

Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook

We are looking into foreign actors, including additional Russian groups and other former Soviet states, as well as organizations like the campaigns, to further our understanding of how they used our tools. These investigations will take some time, but we will continue our thorough review. I wish I could tell you we're going to be able to stop all interference, but that wouldn't be realistic. There will always be bad people in the world, and we can't prevent all governments from all interference. But we can make it harder. We can make it a lot harder. And that's what we're going to do.feedback

Morgan Freeman

We need him to sit behind the desk in the Oval Office and say, My fellow Americans, during this past election, we came under attack by the Russian government. I've called on Congress and our intelligence community to use every resource available to conduct a thorough investigation to determine exactly how this happened.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I proposed that we initiate the work of a contact group at P5 level [Britain, China, Germany, France, Russia], which has been done, and we will widen it to represent the political forces in Syria and the regional powers without Iran. The United Nations Secretary General and France will play the role of mediator for Iran so that we have a parallel negotiation, but that will enable us to include Iran in the process.feedback

Dmitry Peskov

Many performing artists easily succumb to becoming victims of emotional strain with no real information about the real state of things. They become victims of an emotionally charged, self-exalted status, an extension of some sort of McCarthyism, I would say. It fades away over time. This can hardly be taken seriously, because it is obvious that such a phenomenon has no real informational basis, it's purely emotional.feedback

Rob Reiner

It occurred to me that we've heard this cliche our whole lives - when our country is attacked, politics stops at the water's edge. This is the first time that that didn't happen. So I started reaching out to people who are patriots, and not necessarily my political stripe, to say we're all together in this. Our country is attacked. Democracy is on the brink. If we're going to survive, we need to come together as Americans and understand what happened.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

What I feel, talking to Rex Tillerson, is that this is the position of the administration, that they are not happy with the current state of relations, and we are not happy at all.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

We waited for very long with our 'tit' in response in response to [former US President Barack] Obama's 'tat'. I think I answered the question about what is the mood on both sides and being serious people, responsible people - and I feel Rex Tillerson is one of them - I hope that we can draw conclusions on where we are now and understand where we want to be.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

We heard the statements from President Trump about North Korea in the same vein for many times. We don't doubt that the United States has capacity to do something very destructive.feedback

Angela Merkel

Even if this conflict is far away from Germany, it is one that also affects us. That is why I am prepared, as is the foreign minister, to assume responsibility here. We took part in negotiating the Iran agreement, which I think is good, and better than having no agreement at all. It took many years, but in the end it did limit Iran's possibilities for nuclear armament. And I think we must take the same path or a similar one, with Russia, with China, together with the US, also in the case of North Korea.feedback

Robert Gates

So, a political solution involves perhaps recognition, lifting sanctions, signing a peace treaty. These are all very big steps that have to be done in coordination with South Korea, with Japan. And in exchange for that, either dramatically curtailing the North programmes or eliminating them. Well as it's often the case, Russia is not being very helpful. I think that this is a situation when, unlike China, Russia is perfectly content to see the US preoccupied with this problem in North Korea and to exploit it in Asia and wherever else they can.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Ramping up military hysteria in such conditions is senseless; it's a dead end. It could lead to a global, planetary catastrophe and a huge loss of human life. There is no other way to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue, save that of peaceful dialogue.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Our friends have already signed an agreement on the S-400s. A deposit has also been paid, as far as I know. The process will continue by the transfer of a credit from Russia to us. Both Mr. Vladimir Putin and myself, we are determined on this issue. It's us who will make decisions regarding our independence. We are responsible over taking security measures for the defense of our country. We'll save ourselves if we face difficulties in procuring defense systems.feedback

Richard Gowan - European Council

This is a pretty solid resolution, and if the US had worked it up quietly with China and Russia it could have been sold as another significant win for Washington. But the fact that the original US pitch was so much stronger now makes it look like a defeat. Perhaps Haley felt that she had to open with a maximalist bid to get anything at all.feedback

David Gallop

They're big games, (Postecoglou) is an experienced guy, he's had success with this team and we're confident that'll he see us through to Russia.feedback

Vladimir Putin

I consider the presence of peacekeepers – one could call them not peacekeepers, but people who ensure the safety of the OSCE mission – to be completely appropriate. It would help resolve the problem in eastern Ukraine.feedback

Vladimir Putin

[The United States] has committed an obvious violation of property rights. So, for starters, I would advise the Foreign Ministry to take the matter to court. We'll see how efficient the much-praised American judiciary is.feedback

Vladimir Putin

But we will not do this yet. Let us see how the situation develops further.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Strictly speaking, if we talk about complete parity, there [would] be not 455 diplomats in Moscow, but 155 less. So, we reserve the right to make a decision about this amount of US diplomats in Moscow too, but we will not do that yet, we will see how the situation will be further developing.feedback

Vladimir Putin

It's hard to deal with people who confuse Austria and Australia, but there's nothing you can do about this.feedback

Arkady Dvorkovich

My assessment is that U.S. sanctions eventually bring more harm to Europe than to Russia, also as a result of our counter-sanctions that create burden costs for the European economy. We aren't happy about it but we had to react and Europe is suffering from that.feedback

Thibaut Courtois

When we tried that, immediately there were three or four Greeks on us, we did not get space. We must try to find a solution in Russia against teams that are so strong.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

We are ready: We must defend our economic interests vis a vis the United States, and we will do that.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

As the president said many times, we are not seeking quarrels with this country. We have always had a friendly attitude toward the US people, we remain open to constructive cooperation in areas which correspond to US interests.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

Moscow "will have a tough response to the things that come totally out of the blue to hurt us and are driven solely by the desire to spoil our relations with the United States.feedback

Heather Nauert

The United States has fully implemented the decision by the government of the Russian Federation to reduce the size of our mission in Russia. We believe this action was unwarranted and detrimental to the overall relationship between our countries. In the spirit of parity invoked by the Russians, we are requiring the Russian Government to close its consulate general in San Francisco, a chancery annex in Washington, D.C., and a consular annex in New York City. These closures will need to be accomplished by September 2.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

In response the [Russian foreign] minister expressed regret at the escalation of tensions in bilateral relations. Moscow will examine the new measures announced by the Americans in detail after which our reaction will be announced.feedback

Dmitry Peskov

Because we do not react to such (questions about) business themes, and this is not our job, we left this matter without a response.feedback

Dmitry Peskov

I can confirm that among the mass of emails there was an email from Mr. Michael Cohen. This really happened. We cannot discuss the hundreds and thousands of various requests from different countries we get with President Putin.feedback

Dmitry Peskov

I confirm that among the general mass of emails, also came such an email from Mr Michael Cohen. That really happened.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

President Trump's kowtowing to Vladimir Putin is endangering our national security and emboldening a dangerous tyrant. What do the Russians have on President Trump that he would flirt with lifting sanctions and weakening NATO?feedback

Nancy Pelosi

I want to know what the Russians have on Donald Trump. I think we have to have an investigation by the FBI into his financial, personal and political connections to Russia, and we want to see his tax returns, so we can have truth in the relationship between Putin, whom he admires, and Donald Trump….feedback

Chelsea Clinton

[My husband] Marc & I visited Russia as tourists in 2006-Tretyakov, Hermitage, Pushkin, Tolstoy's home, Novodevichy, public parts of Kremlin & great food.feedback

Clint Watts

Trump's claims to have nothing to do with Russia are clearly false with revelations Cohen emailed the Kremlin directly to gain support for a Trump Tower Moscow. Trump's laudatory comments of Putin came at times when Trump's companies also sought Kremlin-assisted business help.feedback

Michael Cohen

Over the past few months I have been working with a company based in Russia regarding the development of a Trump Tower – Moscow project in Moscow City. Without getting into lengthy specifics. the communication between our two sides has stalled. As this project is too important, I am hereby requesting your assistance. I respectfully request someone, preferably you, contact me so that I might discuss the specifics as well as arranging meetings with the appropriate individuals. I thank you in advance for your assistance and look forward to hearing from you soon.feedback

Donald Trump Jr.

In terms of high-end product influx into the US, Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets … We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

Russia together with China developed a plan which proposes 'double freezing': Kim Jong-un should freeze nuclear tests and stop launching any types of ballistic missiles, while US and South Korea should freeze large-scale drills which are used as a pretext for the North's tests.feedback

Heather Nauert

We did not want to have to reduce the size of our staff in Russia. They do a lot of fantastic work over there. Unfortunately, that is something that the Russian government has told us that we have to do: decrease the number of our staff.feedback

William D. Magwood IV - OECD

ITER is our countries coming together to answer that question once and for all: can fusion play a role in the future.feedback

Mark Henderson - ITER International Organization

Fission is taking a very large atom like uranium, you hit it and it splits it apart into two pieces. Fusion takes… two (very) small particles, it fuses together and give(s) off energy.feedback

Mark Henderson - ITER International Organization

The objective there is (that) you need it to be really hot to take two charged particles and slam them together to fuse. The two charged particles are both positive. Normally they don't want to touch and you have to give them the energy so that they can actually combine and fuse together.feedback

Eimutis Misiunas

I have a second reason, everybody knows. Estonia accused Russia of abducting an intelligence officer and we in Lithuania don't want this to happen with Lithuanian officers. It is like a red line for Russia. In Kaliningrad area they have a brick factory and they suggested that to us we might need bricks for our fence [from that factory]. But we apologise. In this fence we don't use any bricks … Usually we are building bridges between countries, but on this occasion we are building fences.feedback

Mark N. Katz

He really seems to have had some expectations that Trump would be more "reasonable" than Obama. I can't help but feel, then, that Putin must be disappointed that his Trump gambit has failed.feedback

Andrei Kamayev

NATO is getting closer and closer to us, despite the promises given in the early 1990s that it wouldn't expand this far east. We used to have the great and powerful Soviet Union and now Russia is surrounded all over.feedback

Viktor V. Bocharenko

They just look into my car and let me go. What happened between Russia and Ukraine will never happen between us.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I was just speaking to the Secretary (of State Rex Tillerson) and we're talking about coming up with an answer ... by September 1st we'll have a response.feedback

Michael McFaul

Cutting our staff by 755 people will do tremendous damage to our diplomatic mission in Russia. That the president does not appreciate this obvious fact suggests that he does not understand what embassies do in the pursuit of American interests.feedback

Igor Sechin - Rosneft

Thank you for trusting us. Russia and Venezuela, together forever!feedback

Donald J. Trump

There are a lot of killers. We've got a lot of killers. What, do you think our country is so innocent?feedback

Nicholas Burns

As a Foreign Service veteran, I find it lamentable that our great career diplomats are treated with such disrespect by their President. A shameful statement by Pres. (president) Trump. He justifies mistreatment of US diplomats by (Russian president Vladimir) Putin. If he was joking, it shows his true character.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Over 1,000 employees – diplomats and technical workers – worked and continue to work today in Russia; 755 will have to stop this activity. We waited for quite some time that maybe something would change for the better, fueled such a hope that the situation would somehow change. But, judging by everything, if it changes, it will not be soon.feedback

Donald Trump Jr.

I want to thank him because we're trying to cut down on payroll.feedback

Donald Trump Jr.

Unfortunately, it's a totally unfounded and unworkable way of thinking about the world, let alone running U.S. foreign policy.feedback

Evelyn Farkas

It is outrageous that he would thank Putin for anything, given everything Putin has done to attack American sovereignty and how poorly the Russian government has treated American personnel posted in Russia. The president appears completely determined to find no fault with anything Putin does. What if Putin threatened Guam with a military attack?feedback

Nicholas Burns

If he was joking, he should know better. If he wasn't, it's unprecedented. A president has never defended the expulsion of our diplomats.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I do respect him. I respect a lot of people, that doesn't mean I'm going to get along with him.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I want to thank him because we're trying to cut down our payroll and as far as I'm concerned I'm very thankful that he let go of a large number of people. There's no real reason for them to go back.feedback

Jack Jacobs - Army

The fact of the matter is they are unlikely to give it up unless we and China and Russia can reach some sort of accord with them that guarantees that they can continue to be a continuing criminal enterprise, that they can do whatever they want to their own people as long as they don't have nuclear weapons. As long as we don't have China on our side to go all the way down to the wire at the table, behind closed doors by the way, we're not going to get anything done, and they will continue to be a threat not only to us but to everybody in the region.feedback

Garry Kasparov

The two leaders' wishes for closer relations have been thwarted -- for now.feedback

Stephen Colbert

Look, North Korea, stop trying to make us a thing, all right? I'm not saying what we have isn't special, but it's not exclusive. The United States, we sanction a lot of other countries. We sanctioned Russia just last week and it felt pretty great. Listen, they threaten us in a way you never will. You should see the size of their missiles.feedback

Stephen Colbert

As of Friday, Donald Trump is on a 17-day vacation at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. He's there to relax after months of grueling golf at Mar-A-Lago. The president swears he's not taking it easy. Meetings and calls? Trump has to do all that during his vacation? Man, I would not want to work for Vladimir Putin. Over the weekend, footage leaked of the president taking one of his high level meetings, a summit of New Jersey's top bridesmaids. He's definitely running.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

He was primarily interested … in details of those decisions that we grudgingly made in response to the law on anti-Russian sanctions. We provided an explanation. We felt the readiness of our U.S. colleagues to continue dialogue. I think there's no alternative to that.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 to sanction North Korea. China and Russia voted with us. Very big financial impact!feedback

Seva Gunitsky

[Trump's comments are] oddly similar to the Russian response. MFA's focus on 'certain circles' signals they're still appealing to Trump's distrust of Congress/deep state – and he agreed.feedback

Danielle Pletka

What he (Pence) is saying is good and helpful and should be the policy of the Trump administration – and so for those of us who want it to be that way, we're happy to embrace it. None of us know what Donald Trump thinks in his heart of hearts about Russia. If (Trump) were not comfortable with Pence making this trip, Pence would not be making this trip.feedback

Ray Attrill

Nevertheless markets are on guard for an upwards revision to their near term inflation forecasts (driven by utility prices rises) but possible small downgrade to medium term inflation forecasts (on soft wages growth and/or exchange rate gains since May).feedback

Donald J. Trump

Our relationship with Russia is at an all-time & very dangerous low. You can thank Congress, the same people that can't even give us HCare!feedback

DaMarcus Beasley

You can't say too much about Timmy because there's not much more to be said. He's still proving game in and game out that he can do it at this level, and it's good to have him back at his best, leading us to hopefully qualify for the World Cup – and to the World Cup in Russia.feedback

Donald J. Trump

In its haste to pass this legislation, the Congress included a number of clearly unconstitutional provisions.feedback

Trevor Noah

While we know that the autocrat billionaire brothers from another mother badly want to improve US-Russia relations, it seems like it's not going quite that way.feedback

Michael Shifter - Inter-American

Venezuelans are already in misery. US oil sanctions would make them worse off. The government would probably survive – and also claim more credence for their narrative about being victims of economic war. It would be better for others to encourage a soft landing. If Maduro continues to dig in, it will get ugly and that is not in the interests of Cuba, China or Russia.feedback

Joe Dunford

But as I've told my counterparts, both friend and foe, it is not unimaginable to have military options to respond to North Korean nuclear capability. What's unimaginable to me is allowing a capability that would allow a nuclear weapon to land in Denver, Colorado. That's unimaginable to me. So my job will be to develop military options to make sure that doesn't happen.feedback

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Right now we're reviewing our options, and when we have something to say on it, we'll let you know. We'll let you know when that's going to happen.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

We are continuing to work on this issue. We expect our American counterparts to make the right choice.feedback

Brigitte Zypries

The U.S. has left the common line it had with Europe for sanctions against Russia.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We've been waiting for quite a long time that maybe something would change for the better, we had hopes that the situation would change. But it looks like, it's not going to change in the near future … I decided that it is time for us to show that we will not leave anything unanswered.feedback

Bonnie Glaser

I suspect that the Chinese are going to be worried about the possibility of a U.S. military strike on North Korea going forward. The Chinese can't rule out the Trump 'unpredictability' factor.feedback

Jeffrey Lewis

The window for [military action] has closed. People are jumping up and down and screaming [in Washington] not because they are getting ready to attack but because they don't really have that option any more and they accept that it has gone.feedback

Jeffrey Lewis

The North Koreans wanted to demonstrate that ... if there was a war they could definitely launch [missiles] in the dead of night from some place we don't expect so we wouldn't have a chance to fire at them before they got off the ground. Attacking a nuclear-armed state is usually a bad idea – which is why countries build nuclear weapons. That is kind of the appeal.feedback

Geng Shuang

I think this either shows lack of a full, correct knowledge of the issue, or there are ulterior motives for it, trying to shift responsibility.feedback

Michael McFaul

I don't think they are going to walk away from that just yet. I believe that Putin still believes there might be something he can do with Trump.feedback

Yoshihide Suga

This is a clear violation of the UN Security Council resolutions. Continued provocative actions are unacceptable. We declare a strong protest to North Korea, condemn [the launch] in the most severe term. We intend to continue increasing pressure on North Korea, insisting on extra role not only from us, the United States and South Korea, but also Russia and China.feedback

Adam Smith

There are other economic tools. There are companies that depend on Russian goods, and Russia is still a major energy producer. But in using economic tools, Russia risks potentially being collateral damage.feedback

Maria Olson

We have received the Russian government notification. Ambassador [John] Tefft expressed his strong disappointment and protest. We have passed the notification back to Washington for review.feedback

Edward Fishman

This bill doesn't preclude him from issuing tougher sanctions. That doesn't make any sense.feedback

Vladimir Putin

This goes beyond all reasonable bounds. And now these sanctions -- they are also absolutely unlawful from the point of view of international law.feedback

Sauli Niinisto

I do not quite agree with you that the issue is about imposing sanctions or adhering to U.S. laws. I understand it is the suspicions about the American election process that lie behind this. That is why the United States is proposing sanctions.feedback

Vladimir Putin

At a certain moment we will have to respond. It is impossible to put up forever with such boorishness toward our country.feedback

Sergei Ryabkov

This is already having an extremely negative impact on the process of normalising our relations.feedback

Justin Trudeau

Our support for Ukraine, including militarily, is something that stands us very clearly on the 'Russia is an unhelpful actor in the world' side of the dynamic.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

The EU is fully committed to the Russia sanctions regime. However, G7 unity on sanctions and close coordination among allies are at the heart of ensuring the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements. This is a core objective that the EU and the US share. The US Bill could have unintended unilateral effects that impact the EU's energy security interests. This is why the Commission concluded today that if our concerns are not taken into account sufficiently, we stand ready to act appropriately within a matter of days. America first cannot mean that Europe's interests come last.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

If the enemy steps over part of the agreement, we will do the same, and if they step over the entire deal, we will do the same too, . We must always develop our defence capability and we will strengthen our defensive weapons regardless of the opinion of others.feedback

Ed Royce

As US intelligence agencies have made clear, [Putin] attempted to interfere with our own election. Left unchecked, Russia is sure to continue its aggression.feedback

Sarah Sanders

He's going to study that legislation and see what the final product looks like. While the president supports tough sanctions on North Korea, Iran and Russia, the White House is reviewing the House legislation and awaits a final legislative package for the president's desk.feedback

Paul Ryan

If you turn on the TV, it says Russia this and Russia that and countdown clocks and all this stuff. We're doing a lot of other things here in the Congress; we're not letting that stuff distract us. We have done so much of our agenda already in the House in the first six months.feedback

Dmitry Peskov

These contacts do not require any authorization from the Kremlin and they were not carried out on behalf of the Kremlin.feedback

Asghar Fakhrieh-Kashan

There are also political advantages to Iran, compared to Russia. They are highly interested in working with us.feedback

Sarah Sanders

The administration is supportive of being tough on Russia, particularly in putting these sanctions in place, and we support the legislation where it is now.feedback

Ben Cardin

A nearly united Congress is poised to send [Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin a clear message on behalf of the American people and our allies, and we need President Trump to help us deliver that message.feedback

Anthony Scaramucci

We're going to focus and refine the messaging from the White House. He's one of the most effective communicators that has ever been born, and so we're going to make sure to get that message out directly to the American people. He basically said to me, Hey, you know, this is, maybe they did it, maybe they didn't do it. The mainstream media position on this, that they interfered in the election. It actually in his mind, what are you guys suggesting? You're going to delegitimize his victory?feedback

Dan Coats

There is no dissent. They are trying to undermine Western democracy.feedback

Ben Cardin

I believe the proposed changes to the bill have helped to clarify the intent of members of Congress as well as express solidarity with our closest allies in countering Russian aggression and holding the Kremlin accountable for their destabilizing activities. A nearly united Congress is poised to send President Putin a clear message on behalf of the American people and our allies, and we need President Trump to help us deliver that message.feedback

Vladimir Zhirinovsky

Victory for Trump would be a gift to humanity. But if Hillary Clinton wins it will be the last U.S. president ever.feedback

Vladimir Zhirinovsky

Most Americans should choose Trump because men have been leading for millions of year. You can't take the risk of having one of the richest, most powerful countries led by a woman president. Men all round the world sometimes say such things that are just for their comrades. We must only consider his business (and political) qualities.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The fact that President Putin and I discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn't mean I think it can happen. It can't-but a ceasefire can, [and] did!feedback

Sergey Lavrov

By the way, we provided to the US on that very day when the presidents met in Hamburg, our military provided to the Pentagon our objective data we received from our radars located just on the border with North Korea. And, according to that data, it is not an intercontinental missile. But the Americans say they have their own calculations.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

They might have met even much more than just three times. Maybe they went to the toilet together, that was a fourth time.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

There is also a room where they get together before an event starts. They cannot arrive all at the same time on the bus. After the dinner was over…I was not there…President Trump apparently went to pick up his wife and spent some minutes with President Putin…so what?feedback

Sergey Lavrov

I cannot say that we are not considering a threat what is going on with the Korean peninsula because of what North Korea is doing in gross violation of the Security Council resolutions. We do not believe in regime change anywhere. I hear very enthusiastic voices in the United States, including in some parts of this administration, that the patience has been over and they must do something because the threat is growing and growing, intercontinental ballistic missile was launched … And those who keep those scenarios in their minds, I believe they are not responsible as politicians.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

When sanctions are imposed, they by their design are going to harm American business.feedback

Alan Jeffers - ExxonMobil

OFAC's action is fundamentally unfair. You don't ask your business partner to have someone else sign instead of the CEO.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

There is also a room where they get together before an event starts. They cannot arrive all at the same time on the bus. They "might have met even much more than just three times.feedback

Wei Dongxu

If you look back 30 years ago, there was no way that Britain could have imagined China could dispatch such advanced warships to carry out these activities. I expect China will have overwhelming advantage over Britain on naval strength.feedback

Sam Clovis

I am extremely skeptical. I have looked at the science and I have enough of a science background to know when I'm being boofed. And a lot of the science is junk science. It's not proven. I don't think there's any substantive information available to me that doesn't raise as many questions as it does answers. So I'm a skeptic. Nothing we've ever done with Russia has ever really worked except out-spending them. And that's really what caused the collapse of the Soviet Union was the notion that they could not keep up with us when we began to develop 'Star Wars.feedback

Li Jie

By sending its most advanced guided-missile destroyers, China is expressing its sincerity to Russia and also sends a strong signal to other countries who plan to provoke us.feedback

Stephen Colbert

The White House has downplayed this meeting, calling it a brief conversation at the end of dinner. Brief, because after all how long does it take to give someone your room key? Gentlemen, if your collusion lasts longer than an hour, please consult the FBI.feedback

Michael McFaul

He has had a vendetta against Hillary Clinton, that has been known for a long time because of what she said about his elections back in the parliamentary elections of 2011. He wants to discredit American democracy and make us weaker in terms of leading the liberal democratic order. And most certainly he likes President-elect Trump's views on Russia.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We do not support sanctions generally because we don't find them to be effective unless they are very well implemented comprehensively and that's a very hard thing to do. I would tell you thus far the situation surrounding abates in Ukraine has had no impact on our ability to conduct our fairs in Russia and there has been no change in anyone's posture towards us.feedback

Samantha Bee

I wonder where so many Americans got that concern. It's shocking that so many dead people would vote for Hillary considering she probably killed them in the first place. His new commission introduced themselves with a friendly get-to-know-you letter to all 50 secretaries of state.feedback

Trevor Noah

Maybe we've been parenting Trump the wrong way. Because clearly, if we tell him to stay away from that bad boy Vlad, we're going to push him right into his arms. By the way, that bad boy knows the trouble he's causing, because just listen to how he trolled the US.feedback

Trevor Noah

This is genius when you think about. Every other resistance movement should've done the same thing. You just tie yourself to a popular fad and make it look like it's bigger than it is. But it turns out, fidget spinners aren't the only thing Russia is toying with. I just don't understand why he would do this. If the perception of you is that you're colluding with Russia, just don't have a private conversation with the president of Russia. Like, if there are rumors that you have sex with sheep, even if they are false, just stay away from sheep for a while.feedback

Samantha Bee

Since the commission wants to know so much about us, let's find a little about them, starting with vice-chair Kris Kristofferson Kobach. Back in the 80s when his Harvard classmates were getting laid and protesting apartheid, Kris was writing an anti-divestment thesis under the tutelage of Samuel Huntington, an adviser to the white South African regime who favored enlightened despotism.feedback

Samantha Bee

How the fuck do you go to Harvard, Yale and Oxford and come out a birther? Tucker Carlson is right. College is stupid! And Kobach's voter fraud snipe-hunt even earned him a place in the very exclusive too-out-there-for-Fox-News club. Guys like this have been playing the long game, methodically chipping away at the Voting Rights Act since the moment LBJ signed it and then left the room to expose himself to the steno pool. And now, this president has handed them the key to the candy shop.feedback

Trevor Noah

That's exactly what we're worried about. Remember the last time he spoke with the Russians? He accidentally spilled Israeli state secrets. We know he'll say anything to make him look cool. Putin will be like, So Donald, how many nuclear submarines do you have now?, Let me tell you Vlad, we have literally millions of submarines.feedback

Samantha Bee

Who is he besides a man whose name sounds like it's twirling its mustache?feedback

Stephen Colbert

How stupid can you be? You're in the middle of what could be the worst scandal in US history. People think you colluded with the president of a hostile foreign power. Then you go out of your way to meet with him again and you don't tell anybody? That's like if OJ does get out on parole and immediately goes glove shopping. But here's why it's hard. He lies about everything. He lies about crowd size, voter fraud, til death do us part. This might actually be a nothing-burger, but every time they tell us it's a nothing-burger, it turns out to be a juicy quarter-pounder with sleaze.feedback

Samantha Bee

And just like that, there goes Russia's reputation as a fun country. The reason Russia is banning fidget spinners is because at an anti-Putin rally a bunch of people were giving out free fidget spinners. So Putin was like, Fidget spinners means you're against me.feedback

Michael McFaul

In spending so much time with Putin he was not spending time with other leaders. Both regarding substance and symbolism, that's important. Obama used a Russian interpreter a few times for pull-asides. Obama always prepared for pull-asides. In a 'prebrief' beforehand, we would discuss what to say, what to watch for, what to push.feedback

John McLaughlin - Central Intelligence Agency

If you remember that meeting that he had in the Oval Office with a couple of Russian diplomats where he slipped on some intelligence and revealed some sources that he shouldn't have revealed, I'm not sure if he is familiar enough with sources and methods on intelligence to have sort of a brief conversation with a Russian president at this point.feedback

Michael McFaul

It's important to have someone taking notes so that the U.S. government knows what commitments the president made to Putin. Whatever the president says becomes policy, and is very difficult to walk back. But it's hard for lower level officials to follow that policy if they don't know what he said.feedback

James Stavridis

Worst of all, this further divides our politics and injects confusion [and] thus places us at significant risk as a result.feedback

David Cohen

Trump has no way of knowing whether what he said was accurately translated. Nor does he know whether what Putin told him was accurately translated.feedback

Ian Bremmer - Eurasia Group

There were a lot of empty seats. Donald Trump got up from the table and sat down with Putin for about an hour. It was very animated and very friendly. Putin's translator was translating. I found out about it because people were startled.feedback

Ian Bremmer - Eurasia Group

The people I talked to weren't timing. It wasn't five minutes. Brief implies it's five minutes or 10 minutes.feedback

Donald J. Trump

I said: 'Look, we can't – we can't have – now, he said 'absolutely not' twice. What do you do? End up in a fistfight with somebody, OK?feedback

Heather Conley

The problem is you didn't have a third party there to say, No, this is what was said. It is critically important for there to be a record of what was assured, promised, discussed.feedback

Steffen Seibert

The chancellor, in any case, was not surprised or confused by anything.feedback

Donald Trump Jr.

Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.feedback

Ian Bremmer - Eurasia Group

Fake News story of secret dinner with Putin is 'sick.' All G 20 leaders, and spouses, were invited by the Chancellor of Germany. Press knew!feedback