“Right after this call. I’m speaking to a gentleman named Vladimir Putin. That’s my next call. And in fact, he’ll be on the phone very shortly,” the president said during an interview on “Fox & Friends” on Monday.
Along with the coronavirus outbreak, Trump said he would also speak with Putin about trade, while knocking the special counsel’s investigation into Russian collusion during the 2016 presidential election.
“We talk about trade, and we talk about trade a lot. They would love to be able to do trade with our country,” he said, adding that it’s been hindered by “the nonsense that’s been going on, Russia, Russia, which has turned out to be a total hoax.”
“And it really stops us from getting along with other countries,” he said. “We should get along with all countries, if possible.”
He went on to tout the military power of the US and said he’s keeping communication lines open between himself, Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“There’s a lot of things that Russia is involved with, that China’s involved with. And nobody talks to these people. I spoke to President Xi the other night. We had a great conversation,” about the virus, which originated in December in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
Coronavirus cases have begun to stabilize in China, according to numbers put out by Communist Party leadership, after hitting a peak in mid-February.
Russia has reported 1,836 cases and China has 82,198, according to Johns Hopkins University.