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Russian President Vladimir Putin lavished praise on President Trump, saying he was a balanced man and a great communicator. (Mar 7, 2018)

Russian President Vladimir Putin lavished praise on President Trump on Wednesday, saying he was a balanced man and a great communicator.

“It’s possible to negotiate with him, to search for compromises,” Putin said in a wide-ranging interview aired on Russian television.

Putin, who briefly met Trump during two international summits last year, said the U.S. president during those encounters struck him as a man who listens and quickly understands complicated issues.


In the latest White House upheaval, President Trump's chief economic advisor, Gary Cohn, is stepping down after failing to dissuade the president from plans to impose sweeping tariffs on imported metals.

Cohn's resignation as director of the National Economic Council, a powerful agency with broad oversight over White House policy, suggests that Trump's plans to levy 25% tariffs on steel and 10% on aluminum will be formalized shortly. That comes despite stern warnings from Cohn, congressional Republicans, businesses and foreign governments that such across-the-board tariffs could hurt the U.S. economy, drive up prices for American consumers and lead to a trade war.

A Swedish reporter asked President Trump what her country could learn from the United States about Russia’s election meddling. Trump responded that Russia had not influenced the outcome of the 2016 election. (Mar. 7, 2018)

A Swedish reporter asked President Trump on Tuesday what her country could learn from the United States about Russia’s election meddling. What she got instead was his optimistic take on Republican Party prospects in this year’s midterm election.

Trump responded that Russia had not influenced the outcome of the 2016 election, saying “the Russians had no impact on our votes whatsoever.” He didn’t even acknowledge Russia’s role, instead telling the visiting journalist, “There was meddling from other countries and maybe other individuals.”

After telling the reporter, at a joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, that “we’re doing a very, very deep study,” Trump segued confusingly to handicapping Republicans’ chances in November’s vote.

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions.
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)

President Trump on Tuesday said he has “some people that I want to change” in his administration and then refused to express support for his beleaguered attorney general when asked if Jeff Sessions was on the firing line.

The comments came before news early Tuesday evening of the resignation of Trump’s top economic advisor, Gary Cohn, who had fought a losing internal battle against the president’s plans to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

The president ignited speculation about additional staff departures early Tuesday, with a tweet in which he disputed media reports of chaos in his White House while acknowledging his desire for unspecified changes. Hours later he refused to say more when asked about his tweet — and specifically about Sessions — during a news conference with Sweden’s prime minister, Stefan Lofven.

In the span of two hours on Capitol Hill Tuesday, the sharp split between liberal and moderate Senate Democrats on a major bank deregulation bill became crystal clear.

First, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) stood before TV cameras to complain that the legislation, which is focused on helping small and midsized banks, would put "American consumers at greater risk" because it also loosens rules on larger financial institutions.