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Putin says talks with Chinese President Xi “substantive”
The Lead with Jake Tapper
Mar 21, 2023

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping attended a state dinner, capping off two days of talks where they vowed more collaboration in oil production which gives the Chinese government an opportunity to further prop up Russia’s sanctioned, suffering economy. Plus, Republican officials are rushing to defend Donald Trump as the former president faces a possible indictment. Conservative lawyer George Conway joins to discuss if Trump's case rises to the magnitude of warranting an arrest.