Vladimir Putin Personally Responsible For Election Meddling: Donald Trump

Grant Boone
July 19, 2018

Senator Bob Corker, a Republican who chairs the committee, said he understands the request and was "looking into precedent" to see if it was viable. "You just have to push back on insane stuff like that".

President Donald Trump gave the go-ahead to announce new Russian election-hacking indictments before his meeting with Vladimir Putin rather than after - in the hopes it would strengthen his hand in the talks, according to accounts from people familiar with the decision.

The interview comes after President Trump's meeting with the Russian leader in Helsinki on Monday and his shifting statements on whether he agrees with the findings of United States intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. State-owned news outlets previously alleged McFaul had met with opposition activists to create unrest in Russian Federation during his tenure as ambassador.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later that Trump actually was saying "no" to answering additional questions - even though he subsequently went on to address Russian Federation.

In a joint news conference at the Finnish Presidential Palace, Trump said he did not "see any reason why" Russian Federation would have meddled in the 2016 election - a remark that surprised many because it's in direct conflict with the conclusions of the entire USA intelligence community.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has been a very vocal opponent of Donald Trump ever since he began his presidential campaign. "I'm an American citizen, I worked for the government for five years, and it would have been so easy to bat it back". What Vladimir Putin wants, we know he's a bad guy.

"We certainly believe that we are taking steps to make sure they can't do it again", Sanders said.

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"Russia lost 50 million people and helped us win the war", Trump said. "We're living in the real world. OK?"

Lawmakers also piled on the criticism, with some suggesting it may be grounds for removing Trump from office.

"I totally disagree", Trump said when asked former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had termed it "the most serious mistake in your presidency".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to testify before the Senate next week about the summit.

Jackson then followed up: "But why should this president have any credibility to Americans in what he says if in fact 24 hours later or in this case three hours later the White House comes out and says 'just kidding?'" "And in 27 hours, that's the best you could come up with?" Russian officials have said they want to interview Kremlin critics Bill Browder and former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.

"This was back in 1980, and I thought back to a previous election where I voted, and I voted for the Communist Party candidate", he said. "Why would he side with them when they're trying to get him out of office?"

The exchange happened when reporters were being ushered from a White House cabinet meeting photo op, which typically triggered shouting-out of questions.

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