Trump says “no proof yet” of Kremlin involvement in poisoning Putin’s enemy Alexei Navalny

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President Trump said on Friday that there was “no evidence yet” of the Kremlin’s involvement in the poisoning of corruption fighter Alexei Navalny and urged reporters to focus their criticism on China. Asked about his views on Navalny during a White House press briefing, Trump said: “I don’t know what exactly happened. I think it’s tragic, it’s terrible, it shouldn’t happen. We don’t have any proof yet, but we’ll take a look. He went on to apparently wonder why Russia is facing so much surveillance when China is not. “It’s interesting that everyone always mentions Russia… but I think China is probably at this point a nation that you should talk about a lot more than Russia,” he said.Navalny, the outspoken leader of the Russian opposition, remains in a coma after being poisoned at an airport in the Siberian city of Tomsk. Toxicology testing in Germany, where Navalny is being treated, identified a Russian-made nerve agent from the Novichok family as the poison used, the same nerve agent used on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in 2018. Trump remained skeptical , however, saying, “We have not seen it [proof] ourselves. He went on to admit that he “got along well with President Putin” but said he “would not be happy at all” if the Kremlin was involved.

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