Praise for Putin, Pity for Trump

Clay Curtis
July 18, 2018

The Republican firebrand sided with the Kremlin and seemed to accept Putin's denial of USA election meddling during a joint press conference on Monday.

Paul Ryan, the top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, said, "There is no question Russian Federation interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world".

For his part, Putin stated that he did want Trump to win the 2016 election - as he saw him as the more reliably pro-Russia candidate - but denied any wrongdoing.

"I have confidence in both parties", Trump said during the press conference, a response that prompted a rebuke from both sides of the aisle.

Brennan had previously called Mr. Trump's press conference remarks "nothing short of treasonous".

But Donald Trump again gave Vladimir Putin a pass Monday for what amounts to an act of war. "When asked today to choose between our own country's intelligence community and Vladimir Putin - the leader of a hostile foreign power - President Trump refused to choose, and instead blamed our own country". "However, I also recognise that in order to build a brighter future, we can not exclusively focus on the past - as the world's two largest nuclear powers, we must get along!" "His job is in representing his country and he is doing that to the best of his ability".

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At the news conference, Mr Trump was invited by reporters to offer any criticism of Russian Federation but he repeatedly declined.

President Donald Trump's soft stance towards Russian Federation and Vladimir Putin reportedly caught the White House by surprise. The president said that although he believes U.S.

Putin suggested Monday, like Trump has done repeatedly, that Mueller's appointment as an independent prosecutor to pursue the investigation lacks legitimacy. "Mr. Trump stunned onlookers by repeatedly defending Putin during the press conference from allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election and casting doubt on conclusions to that effect made by USA intelligence agencies".

"Putin directed an attack on our American democracy & Russian Federation interfered with our elections", Baldwin tweeted.

"If that is what victory looks like, as the White House said, I think we'd all like to know what failure looks like in a summit performance", the Arizona senator said in an interview with ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America".

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