Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump talk as they arrive for the family photo session during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Danang, Vietnam, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. President Trump stood before a summit of Asian leaders keen on regional trade pacts and delivered a roaring "America first" message Friday, denouncing China for unfair trade practices just a day after he had heaped praise on President Xi Jinping in Beijing. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

On Saturday, President Donald Trump said that “people will die” because of the Department of Justice and Congress’s investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“This artificial Democratic hit job gets in the way,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on the way to Hanoi, Vietnam. “It gets in the way. And that’s a shame. Because people will die because of it. And it’s a pure hit job. And it’s artificially induced. And that’s [a] shame.”
Trump may have been referring to “people dying” in Syria and elsewhere in the world due to stressed U.S.-Russian relations thanks to investigations into alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election. On Saturday, Putin and Trump issued a joint statement on Syria full of platitudes. The statement said there is a need to defeat the so-called Islamic State and keep military communication between the two countries open. But it also stressed that there is no military …
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