May battles the sniffles at the G20 as she piles pressure on Putin to ‘choose a different path’

Theresa May today fought back a cold to display a show of strength on the global stage by issuing a public slap down to President Putin over the Salisbury nerve agent attacks.

The prime minister warned the Russian government that it must choose a ‘different path’ in her showdown with world leaders at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

After wiping her nose on a day of crunch talks with Turkish President Recep Erdoğan and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, she went on to condemn the Kremlin strongman’s ‘irresponsible’ behaviour.

British Prime Minister Theresa May wipes her nose during the Leader's Special event on Women's Empowerment on the second day of the G20 summit in Osaka

British Prime Minister Theresa May wipes her nose during the Leader's Special event on Women's Empowerment on the second day of the G20 summit in Osaka

British Prime Minister Theresa May wipes her nose during the Leader’s Special event on Women’s Empowerment on the second day of the G20 summit in Osaka

The prime minister warned the Russian government that it must choose a 'different path' in her press conference

The prime minister warned the Russian government that it must choose a 'different path' in her press conference

The prime minister warned the Russian government that it must choose a ‘different path’ in her press conference 

She claimed that in yesterday's meeting with Russian premier Vladimir Putin she told the Kremlin strongman to stop meddling in the West

She claimed that in yesterday's meeting with Russian premier Vladimir Putin she told the Kremlin strongman to stop meddling in the West

She claimed that in yesterday’s meeting with Russian premier Vladimir Putin she told the Kremlin strongman to stop meddling in the West

In a press conference from the summit, she said: ‘Yesterday I told President Putin that there can only be a normalisation of our bilateral relationship if Russia stops its pattern of irresponsible activity that threatens the UK and its allies such as the use of a deadly nerve agent on the streets of Salisbury.

‘We remain open to a different relationship but for that to happen the Russian government must choose a different path.’

But her veiled threats to cut ties with Moscow will be undermined by her imminent departure from Number 10 and as leadership contenders Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson jostle to replace her.

Seemingly responding to Mrs May just minutes later in his address to reporters, Mr Putin said that Russia has no intentions to attack anyone. 

Philip May also appeared to be suffering from the sniffles as he watches the press conference with other spouses at the G20

Philip May also appeared to be suffering from the sniffles as he watches the press conference with other spouses at the G20

Philip May also appeared to be suffering from the sniffles as he watches the press conference with other spouses at the G20

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia has no intentions to attack anyone at the press conference today

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia has no intentions to attack anyone at the press conference today

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia has no intentions to attack anyone at the press conference today

Today at the summit she had crunch talks with world leaders such as Turkish President Recep Erdoğan

Today at the summit she had crunch talks with world leaders such as Turkish President Recep Erdoğan

Today at the summit she had crunch talks with world leaders such as Turkish President Recep Erdoğan

Mrs May also threw her weight behind continued support for the Iran nuclear deal – which Donald Trump pulled the United States from – and warned against further ‘escalation’ in the Gulf. 

She said: ‘With tensions rising in the Gulf we must all stand together, escalation is in no one’s interest.

‘We need engagement on all sides to find a diplomatic solution to the current situation and to counter Iran’s destabilising activity.

‘At the same time, the UK will continue to work with our JCPOA partners to do all we can to keep the Iran nuclear deal in place. 

‘We believe the deal makes the world safer, and I want to see Iran uphold its obligations.’

It comes amid a series of flare-ups between Washington and Tehran which saw Iran shoot down a US drone and the White House doubling down on sanctions. 

Theresa May holds talks with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who has come under fire for his alleged involvement in the death of a journalist

Theresa May holds talks with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who has come under fire for his alleged involvement in the death of a journalist

Theresa May holds talks with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who has come under fire for his alleged involvement in the death of a journalist 

At the summit: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, French President Emmanuel Macron, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council President Donald Tusk, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Argentina President Mauricio Macri and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

At the summit: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, French President Emmanuel Macron, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council President Donald Tusk, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Argentina President Mauricio Macri and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

At the summit: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, French President Emmanuel Macron, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council President Donald Tusk, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Argentina President Mauricio Macri and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

Theresa May heads for talks with bin Salman of Saudi Arabia as the two countries' delegations stand by

Theresa May heads for talks with bin Salman of Saudi Arabia as the two countries' delegations stand by

Theresa May heads for talks with bin Salman of Saudi Arabia as the two countries’ delegations stand by

The prime minister also urged more action to be taken to prevent live streaming of terrorists’ broadcasts online. 

And she praised the young climate activists who have been protesting on the streets of the UK over the past few months. 

Quizzed on how important it is for Britain to leave the EU with a good deal to the nation’s future as a global player, Mrs May said: ‘I have always said that I think it is best for the United Kingdom for us to leave in an orderly way, and that means leaving with a good deal.

‘I believe that we negotiated a good deal, but Parliament has not come to a majority supporting that deal – it will be up to my successor to find a way of delivering on the vote of the British people and doing that in a way that is in the national interest.’ 

The PM also sat down with German Chancellor Angela Merkel for wide-ranging talks with her fellow European leader

The PM also sat down with German Chancellor Angela Merkel for wide-ranging talks with her fellow European leader

The PM also sat down with German Chancellor Angela Merkel for wide-ranging talks with her fellow European leader

Trump says he told Xi Jinping that he won’t be imposing tariffs ‘for the time being,’ reveals Kim Jong-un responded ‘very favorably’ to his offer of a DMZ meeting and insists he DID tell Putin not to interfere in the 2020 elections 

By Geoff Earle in Osaka for DailyMail.com 

President Donald Trump says he told Chinese President Xi Jinping he won’t impose tariffs ‘for the time being’ after their one-on-one talk in Osaka Saturday.

‘We’re not doing that. We’re going to work with China on where we left off to see if we can make a deal,’ the president told reporters at the top of a press conference in Osaka, Japan.  

‘We will be continuing to negotiate and I promised that for at least the time being we’re not going to be [adding] tariffs,’ Trump said. 

He spoke after declaring talks with China ‘back on track’ following a one-on-one with the Chinese president, who urged cooperation instead of confrontation. 

President Donald Trump faced the press at the end of his trip to Osaka for the G20 summit. He visits South Korea Saturday and Sunday, with a planned trip to the DMZ

He made the comments in a freewheeling press conference where he pushed back at the notion that he was joking when he told Russian President Vladimir Putin not to interfere in the U.S. elections. Trump also said that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un had responded to his offer of a visit to the DMZ, and that the two men might enjoy a brief visit.

On Russian election interference, Trump said: ‘You’re going to have to take a look at the words: I did say it,’ Trump said, when asked if he was being lighthearted.

‘I did say it, and I did discuss it a little bit after that, too,’ the president revealed of his one-on-one with the Russian president. Trump had smiled during a Friday meeting with Putin when reporters asked him if he would tell him not to interfere in 2020. ‘Don’t meddle in the election,’ Trump told him in front of a group of reporters. 

Asked by DailyMail.com whether he delivered a sterner tone on election interference to Putin in private, Trump responded: 'No. We talked about it. We talked about it.

Asked by DailyMail.com whether he delivered a sterner tone on election interference to Putin in private, Trump responded: 'No. We talked about it. We talked about it.

Asked by DailyMail.com whether he delivered a sterner tone on election interference to Putin in private, Trump responded: ‘No. We talked about it. We talked about it.

Then he spoke about expanded trade with Russia, a nation under U.S. and E.U. sanctions following election interference in the U.S. and its invasion of Crimea.

‘I think they’d like to do trade with the United States. They have great land. They have really rich land. A lot of minerals and the kind of things that we like,’ Trump said.  

Asked by DailyMail.com whether he delivered a sterner tone on election interference to Putin in private, Trump responded: ‘No. We talked about it. We talked about it. You know we’ve talked about it before. You know he denies it totally, by the way. How many times can you get somebody to deny something. But he has in the past denied it. He’s denied it also publicly,’ Trump responded.

He also said of their talk: ‘I think he’d like to see arms control, ad so would we. I think it makes a lot of sense.’

Then he went after Special Counsel Robert Mueller, even as he called the Mueller report a ‘good report.’  

‘The Mueller report was a very good report. I mean it was a good report. I had 18 people that hated me. I had Mueller who was totally conflicted and obviously didn’t like me … and yet no obstruction, no collusions. That was a good report,’ Trump said.

‘The democrats want a do over. Or five. They want to get it right,’ he said. 

Trump confirmed a report out of Moscow that Putin had invited him to join the 75th anniversary celebration the defeat of the Nazi Germany that will be held in Red Square. He said he and Putin had discussed the millions of Russians who lost their lives in the conflict.

As to a Moscow trip, which would take place in May during the U.S. primary election season: ‘I said I would give it very serious consideration,’ said Trump.

The president also said North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has been ‘very receptive’ to his proposal for a brief meeting at the DMZ tomorrow. But Trump wouldn’t guarantee the meeting would happen. Nor did he say it would be politically damaging if Kim didn’t show.

The Saudi Arabian and Russian leaders smile together as they greet each other ahead of the general summit on Friday

The Saudi Arabian and Russian leaders smile together as they greet each other ahead of the general summit on Friday

The Saudi Arabian and Russian leaders smile together as they greet each other ahead of the general summit on Friday

President Donald Trump speaks with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a family photo session with other leaders and attendees at the G20 leaders summit

President Donald Trump speaks with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a family photo session with other leaders and attendees at the G20 leaders summit

President Donald Trump speaks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a family photo session with other leaders and attendees at the G20 leaders summit

Trump said Kim responded to his offer, which Trump made on Twitter Saturday morning. 

‘So we’ll see. Why he’s there I’ll shake his hand. We get along,’ Trump said. 

‘There’s been no long range ballistic tests,’ the president noted, since his Singapore summit with Kim – although there were recent short-range tests.

‘I let him know we’ll be there and we’ll see. I can’t tell you exactly but they did respond very favorably,’ the president said. 

Trump said he did in a private meeting with Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman raise the issue of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

‘I asked him what was happening,’ Trump said.

‘He’s very angry about it he’s very unhappy about it,’ he said.

Trump also found a way to take shots at a pair of Democrats who clashed in the Thursday night debate – which he found a way to sneak a peek at despite back-to-back events with world leaders. 

California Sen. Kamala Harris used the forum to attack former Vice President Joe Biden for his alliance with southern senators to resist school busing measures to force integration of schools. Harris tore into Biden at the event and brought up her own time as a child who was bussed to school in California.  

‘I think she was given far too much credit for what she did. That was so out of the can what she said. That thing was right out of the box,’ he said, implying it was cooked up by staff. He said she ‘wasn’t that outstanding,’ although pundits swooned over her performance and said she might be a strong contender.

Trump also cut Biden, whom he often slights as ‘sleepy’ and not sharp, some slack in how he responded to the attack. Biden defended his civil rights record but stumbled.

‘This was not Winston Churchill we’re dealing with, okay,’ Trump said. ‘But it wasn’t I don’t think nearly as bad as they portended it to be.’ 

Trump spoke to reporters at the end of his Osaka summit, hours after saying new talks with China were ‘back on track.’ 

The president faced the press a day after making a crack to Putin about the ‘fake news,’ and after announcing a breakthrough in talks following his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.  

Trump said negotiations with China are ‘back on track’ after an ‘excellent’ meeting with the Chinese president, who warned him of the risks posed by ‘confrontation.’ 

‘We had a very good meeting with President Xi of China. Excellent, I would say excellent,’ Trump told reporters Saturday in Osaka during a separate meeting with Turkish President Recep Erdogan. 

China’s Xinhua state-run news agency reported the U.S. would hold off on threatened tariffs. The leaders had earlier agreed to another truce in December, only to see negotiations break down after Trump said China pulled back from commitments it had made.

President Donald Trump (top C) touches the shoulder of Mohammed Bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's crown prince (front C) when he arrives at the session 3 on women's workforce participation

President Donald Trump (top C) touches the shoulder of Mohammed Bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's crown prince (front C) when he arrives at the session 3 on women's workforce participation

President Donald Trump (top C) touches the shoulder of Mohammed Bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince (front C) when he arrives at the session 3 on women’s workforce participation

Trump declared talks with China 'back on track,' and Chinese state media reported the U.S. would no longer level the threat of tariffs

Trump declared talks with China 'back on track,' and Chinese state media reported the U.S. would no longer level the threat of tariffs

Trump declared talks with China ‘back on track,’ and Chinese state media reported the U.S. would no longer level the threat of tariffs

Donald Trump (front C) attends the session 3 on women's workforce participation where daughter Ivanka Trump made a presentation

Donald Trump (front C) attends the session 3 on women's workforce participation where daughter Ivanka Trump made a presentation

Donald Trump (front C) attends the session 3 on women’s workforce participation where daughter Ivanka Trump made a presentation

Trump said during a meeting with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that talks would be resuming between the U.S. and China

Trump said during a meeting with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that talks would be resuming between the U.S. and China

Trump said during a meeting with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that talks would be resuming between the U.S. and China

President Donald Trump, right, talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over Ivanka Trump during the President G-20 summit event on women's empowerment in Osaka, western Japan, Saturday, June 29, 2019

President Donald Trump, right, talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over Ivanka Trump during the President G-20 summit event on women's empowerment in Osaka, western Japan, Saturday, June 29, 2019

President Donald Trump, right, talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over Ivanka Trump during the President G-20 summit event on women’s empowerment in Osaka, western Japan, Saturday, June 29, 2019

 

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