Hillary Clinton pushes back at Trump's Russian Federation tweet

Brenda Watkins
July 20, 2018

Coats" statement Monday reaffirming the Intelligence Community's analysis provided a stark rebuke to Trump, just hours after the president said he found Putin's denial "powerful'.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Twitter that Mr Trump had "agreed to ongoing working level dialogue between the two security council staffs" during Monday's summit between the two leaders in Helsinki.

Mr Coats said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado: "Well, you're right, I don't know what happened at that meeting".

Coats said it was Trump's "prerogative" not to have other American officials in the room with him, but "if he had asked me how that ought to be conducted I would have suggested a different way, but that's not my role". "That's going to be special".

The White House retreated from what Trump had called Putin's "incredible offer" during the Helsinki summit, revising its position just before the Senate voted overwhelmingly against the plan.

Controversy has raged over the Helsinki summit, with Mr Trump having to correct his own words from the press conference which followed it.

Ignoring the warnings of intelligence leaders, Trump has continued to lavish praise on Putin and has emphasised the need to improve US-Russia relations. "It is why I believe we are at a critical point", Coats said on Friday.

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"Here's what I said about Putin's Russia", Clinton tweeted.

Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., to slap new sanctions on Russian Federation or any other country caught posting ads, running fake news or otherwise interfering with election infrastructure.

Coats took the extraordinary step of publicly contradicting Trump shortly after the president's meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, saying the American intelligence community stands by its assessment. The White House said on Wednesday that Trump was considering the proposal, drawing a barrage of criticism from his fellow Republicans as well as Democrats. "Because there is no rule of law, as I said, in Russian Federation".

Whether President Donald Trump's head-exploding press conference Monday with Vladimir Putin is just another episode in the weird reality show called the Trump presidency - or a more consequential tipping point in his political fortunes - remains to be seen.

Mr McFaul said the request from Mr Putin was "ridiculous", and it was also rubbished by the Senate, where all 98 politicians voted to support a resolution against allowing Russian Federation to question USA officials. She said the US hopes Putin will have the indicted Russians "come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt".

The US citizens Russia would like to question are related to Moscow's case against the financier Bill Browder, a fierce Putin critic who was instrumental in the US imposing sanctions in 2012 on top Russian officials accused of corruption.

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