Putin ‘PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE’ for election meddling says Trump in latest clarification

Clay Curtis
July 19, 2018

After meeting with Russian President Vladmir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, Trump stated that he didn't "see any reason why it would be" Russia that had meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

"Absolutely, no doubt", Rep. Pete King of NY said of the GOP report, saying he stands by it based on the intelligence he's seen and because he says he doesn't believe Putin.

Asked in an interview with CBS if he held Mr Putin responsible for the interference, Mr Trump replied: "Well, I would, because he's in charge of the country".

The remark generated headlines in USA media, because such an assessment would contradict the views of United States intelligence chief Dan Coats, who said on Monday that Russian Federation was involved in "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

USA intelligence officials have said Russian election interference efforts are continuing and now target the upcoming congressional elections in November. 'I have President Putin - he just said it's not Russian Federation. "I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be".

Antonov said he was stunned Americans were so critical of Trump for meeting with Putin. Putin "feels that he has an ally in" Trump "in going after me and the other USA government officials on that list". "And I have felt very strongly that, while Russia's actions had no impact at all on the outcome of the election, let me be totally clear in saying that, and I have said this many times, I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place".

"I have full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies, I always have", Mr. Trump said.

On Wednesday, the Russian prosecutor general's office listed Americans it wants to question for "illegal activities", including McFaul, who was U.S. ambassador to Russia during the Obama administration and is now at Stanford University in California.

On Tuesday, Trump read from a printed statement, and said he had misspoken in Helsinki.

The 33 Best Reactions To That Bonkers Trump And Putin Press Conference
So far, we know what Trump said to Putin when he arrived for the meeting as the pair met. The senator says Trump proved not only unable, "but unwilling to stand up to Putin".

"You know the rules", Nunes said when asked for comment.

The loudest was a reporter asking, "Is Russia still targeting the U.S., Mr. President?"

Mr Trump said he had reviewed the transcript and realised he needed to clarify.

In the brightest worldwide spotlight side by side with the foreign leader he has most admired for his toughness, Donald Trump looked weak and submissive, incapable of expressing any sort of righteous indignation at even the most blatant bad behavior by Russian Federation.

He thinks it's a good thing to get along with the other person that controls that much of the nuclear arsenal across the globe.

"We won't be able, as a nation, to fight back against foreign interference in our elections if the Commander in Chief doesn't even acknowledge that it's a real problem", Schumer said in a statement.

Coats said last week that Russian Federation has been the most aggressive cyberthreat but other efforts are coming from China, Iran and North Korea as well as criminal networks and individual hackers.

Samantha Power, the former United States ambassador to the United Nations, said Trump's refusal to stand up to Putin was "a travesty", while Democrat congressman Ted Lieu said it was "batshit crazy".

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