"When I came to the event for our company, Russia Today, and sat down at the table, next to me there was a gentleman sitting on one side", Putin said during an exclusive interview with NBC's Megyn Kelly for a Sunday night broadcast. "Not for the United States, but the leadership".
Putin also pinned blame on the US for interfering in other foreign elections. Why, did we have some special relationship with him? "They can be in Russian Federation, in Asia, even in America - Latin America".
In response to questions about damaging information, Putin asks Kelly, "Have you all lost your senses over there?"
"There were no meetings", Putin said. The two have spoken several times by phone since Trump's election.
The Russian leader also denied having any information on Trump's financial connections to Russia, despite questions that have arisen from a Russian dossier, that alleges the Russian had compromising information about Trump and that his campaign colluded with the Kremlin.
However, there is not yet much more to substantiate allegations of links between Flynn and the Russian government.
Senior U.S. intelligence officials have also told NBC News that Putin was personally involved in the Russian effort to interfere with the U.S. election and how the information was used.
During the interview, which is due to air Sunday evening during the premiere of "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" on NBC, the host brought up the topic of a photograph taken in Moscow previous year. "I haven't seen, even once, any direct proof of Russian interference in the (U.S.) presidential election". Warner said he meant to use that time to ask Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers about reports that Trump had urged them to say publicly there was no collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign. "A child" could have hacked the election, he said.
Former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired after allegedly asking him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his Russian contacts, is scheduled to testify Thursday before the Senate's intelligence committee.
He said he had yet to see any evidence of Russian meddling and drew a connection between the allegations against Russia and the theory that USA intelligence agencies arranged the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Putin downplayed Flynn's appearance with him at a December 2015 gala dinner in honor of the Russian television network Russia Today (RT), which USA officials consider a state-run propaganda outlet. I made my speech.