White House weighs Putin proposal on questioning US officials

20 July, 2018, 06:33 | Author: Denise Dawson
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Ms Sanders said Mr Trump believed the threat from Russian Federation to undermine November's USA mid-term elections still existed and Moscow would still target American elections.

Paul said Brennan and Former United States Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who also criticized Trump, "are known for wanting to expand the authority of the intelligence agencies to grab up everyone's information, including Americans".

Then, on Wednesday, he was asked during a Cabinet meeting if Russian Federation was still targeting the US, and he answered "no" without elaborating.

When McFaul first took up the job as ambassador to Russia, Dmitry Medvedev was president, and he oversaw efforts to reset relations with the U.S.

In the aftermath of his Helsinki meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump asserted that no other American president has been as "tough" on Russia as he has been. TIME's Brian Bennett writes in the cover story that the president is unable or unwilling to make a distinction between these two questions.

"He said the two leaders also talked about North Korea".

The ex-intelligence chiefs and others criticized Trump for appearing to dismiss the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election.

The president used his favorite form of attack on the press, calling them "the fake news media" to complain that the coverage is 'total fiction'.

Trump took to Twitter early today to defend the meeting, promising "big results" from better relations with Russian Federation and hitting back at "haters".

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The summit saw President Trump spent two hours in private with his Russian counterpart before answering journalists' questions. Ms Sanders said: "It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it".

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Polls taken before the Helsinki summit suggest the public is split over how each party is treating Trump.

She said Russian authorities already know the USA position.

The muddied waters have deepened critics' concerns that Trump is not taking seriously enough threats to the USA electoral system. "We're not going to have it, and that's the way it's going to be". Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Chris Coons, D-Del., will try to force a vote Thursday on a resolution backing the intelligence community's findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election and must be held accountable. He is pushing legislation with Democratic Sen. He also sounded the alarm about potential attacks on U.S. infrastructure and the financial system.

Trump declined to do so.

TIME's latest cover might have some doing a double-take.

He, instead, chose to side with Putin, preferring to go with his "strong" denial to Coats's assessment that Russian Federation had indeed interfered in the 2016 election.

What drew particular skepticism was Trump's explanation that he misspoke one word, that he meant to say "wouldn't" and not "would", as in "I don't see any reason why it would" be Russian Federation. The mother of one from nearby Franklin, Tennessee, had heard about Trump's meeting with Putin ahead of the summit and the subsequent negative press, but hadn't looked into the outcome herself. And the scripted cleanup pertained only to the least defensible of his comments.

As White House aides struggled to contain President Trump's repeated contradictory statements and walk-backs about the threat posed by Russia, Republicans' hopes that the president could stick to a strong message condemning Russia and supporting US intelligence agencies are fading. "So certainly as the leader of a country you would have to hold him responsible, yes".

And Bloomberg opinion editor Tim O'Brien, a Trump biographer who was once sued by the president, wrote that the Helsinki summit provided a "new reason" for the president to release the returns: "They'd show whether business dealings in Russian Federation could give Putin leverage over the president". I do respect the fact that the man has not changed for other people.

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