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Trump: Putin would have preferred a Clinton win

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President Trump sat down with CBN's Pat Robertson for an interview that'll air on tomorrow's The 700 Club, but the network has released excerpts focused on last week's G20 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the United States' relationship with Russia. One big claim: Trump says Putin would have preferred if Hillary Clinton was president rather than him.

  • "[I]f Hillary had won, our military would be decimated. Our energy would be much more expensive. That's what Putin doesn't like about me. And that's why I say, why would he want me?"
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Worth noting: the U.S. intelligence community determined that Putin signed off on a plan to help Trump defeat Clinton.

Other highlights:

  • On Syria: "The ceasefire has held for four days. Those [previous] ceasefires haven't held at all. That's because President Putin and President Trump made the deal, and it's held."
  • His relationship with Putin: "People said, 'Oh they shouldn't get along.' Well, who are the people that are saying that? I think we get along very, very well. We are a tremendously powerful nuclear power, and so are they. It doesn't make sense not to have some kind of a relationship."
  • Could health care fail in the Senate? "Well, I don't even want to talk about it because I think it would be very bad. I will be very angry about it and a lot of people will be very upset. But I'm sitting waiting for that bill to come to my desk. I hope that they do it. They've been promising it for years."
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Online classified site Craigslist has pulled its entire personal ad section after Congress passed a new sex-trafficking bill that puts more liability on Web sites.

Why it matters: Smaller tech companies and advocates for sex workers had feared a chilling effect if the bill becomes law.

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China slaps reciprocal tariffs on U.S. imports

China's President Xi Jinping speaks next to President Trump. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri// AFP / Getty Images

China announced plans to impose reciprocal tariffs on $3 billion of imports from the U.S., hours after President Trump ordered levies on a range of Chinese goods.

The details: China's plan includes a 25% tariff on U.S. pork imports as well as 15% tariffs on American steel pipes, fruit and wine, according to Bloomberg.