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FactChecking Russian President Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin made several false and misleading claims during his press conference in Finland with President Donald Trump and in an interview with Fox News.

Trump’s Remarks on Putin and the Russia Investigation

Asked whether he believed U.S. intelligence agencies or Russian President Vladimir Putin on whether Russia meddled in the 2016 election, President Donald Trump declined to directly respond. Instead, he raised questions about the Russia investigation.

No Russian Arrest Warrant for George Soros

Q: Has Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a warrant for the arrest of George Soros?

A: No. That rumor has been circulating online for years in various forms.

Trump Spins Putin Dinner Conversation

In his latest attack on the media, President Donald Trump gave a misleading account of news reports regarding a previously undisclosed second conversation that he had had with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit.

Trump’s Press Conference

Donald Trump made several false and misleading statements in an hour-long press conference — on Bernie Sanders, Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton’s emails and more.

Pageants and Foreign Policy

Hillary Clinton said that Donald Trump cited hosting the Miss Universe pageant in Russia when “asked about his foreign-policy experience.” That’s not how the exchange went.

Putin Did Not Call Trump a ‘Genius’

Donald Trump continues to make the puffed-up assertion that Russian President Vladimir Putin called him a “genius.” Russian language experts tell us that Putin described Trump as “colorful” or maybe “bright,” but he never called Trump a genius.

Trump vs. Fiorina: Who Knows Putin Best?

Donald Trump implied he had met Russian President Vladimir Putin while taping an episode of “60 Minutes.” The two were interviewed separately, in different countries. Carly Fiorina said she met Putin “in a private meeting.” It was before a conference.

Cheney’s Misguided Missile Attack

Dick Cheney says President Obama scrapped the Bush administration’s missile defense system in Europe “at the mere request” of Russian President Vladimir Putin. That’s false.

Putin Wrong About American Laws

Russian President Vladimir Putin was wrong when he tried to deflect questions about Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws by claiming that “in some of the states in the U.S., homosexuality remains a felony.”