Putin slams US forces ready to 'sacrifice' Russia-US ties

Clay Curtis
July 20, 2018

President Trump is being increasingly vocal about his annoyance at this resistance to his diplomatic overtures, despite avoiding a war with Russian Federation seemingly being an obvious part of long-term USA strategic interests. It was Congress's first formal rebuke of Mr Trump's actions from the summit and its aftermath. Trump earlier had tweeted that he looked forward to "our second meeting" as he defended his performance at Monday's summit, in which the two leaders conferred on a range of issues including terrorism, Israeli security, nuclear proliferation and North Korea.

In one Twitter post, Trump blamed the media. "The Fake News Media wants so badly to see a major confrontation with Russian Federation, even a confrontation that could lead to war".

Still, from Putin's perspective, the summit put Moscow and Washington on "the path to positive change".

Speaking Friday in Moscow, Anatoly Antonov did not directly respond to Trump's proposal to invite Putin to Washington later this year.

"I watched the president's interaction with President Putin after their one-on-one meeting. In the United States, in Russian Federation, or anywhere else", he said in a statement.

He said: "I don't see any reason why it would be".

He last visited the White House in 2005, when he met President George W. Bush, who welcomed the Russian leader in the East Room as "my friend".

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin answer questions during a joint press conference after their summit on July 16 in Helsinki.

It presumably would take place at the White House but Ms Sanders did not say where the pair would meet. Further, the lack of a public explanation of what Trump and Putin may have agreed to during more than two hours in private has left all US policy toward Russian Federation unclear.

Michael Dwyer  APSen. Ed Markey speaks during the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention
Michael Dwyer APSen. Ed Markey speaks during the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention

Trump has come in for bipartisan criticism for what many saw as his unsettling embrace of the Russian strongman this week - and his seeming disavowal of his own intelligence agencies and their assessment that Moscow meddled in the 2016 election. Both Trump and Putin have declared the meeting a grand success that is soon to reap great rewards in numerous geopolitical realms, yet even the most complete accounting of the talks - one provided by Putin - suggests that any outcomes are far from certain.

It was the latest about-face in a week of multiple reversals.

The president came under widespread criticism on Monday for not backing his intelligence community's assessment that Moscow had interfered in the presidential election and blamed America for the deteriorating relations with Russian Federation.

Trump on Tuesday said he misspoke during the news conference.

Later, a reporter in the audience asked Coats whether he had been aware beforehand.

Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers grappled with Trump's conflicting statements as they discussed ways to show their opposition to what they saw in Helsinki, including strengthening sanctions. There is US$380 million approved in the current budget for the programme, which is meant to help states strengthen election systems from hacking and other cyberattacks.

Putin indicated he would permit American law enforcement officials to observe questioning by Russian officials of the indicted Russians and vice versa for Russian investigations. "It's a risk", Coats said of the poisonings, which Russian Federation has denied. "I call on President Trump to say once and for all, not through his spokespeople, that the lopsided, disgraceful trade he called an "incredible offer" is off the table".

In the CNBC interview, Trump also faulted his predecessor for an incident in March 2012 in which Obama told then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would "have more flexibility" after the US presidential election to negotiate on missile defense.

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