White House struggles to contain fallout from Trump-Putin summit

Clay Curtis
July 20, 2018

Except Trump then answered the question, insisting no president has been as tough on Russian Federation.

"Russia has agreed to help with North Korea, where relationships with us are very good and the process is moving along", he said. But he also conceded such a warning might not be enough.

"Republicans in Congress need to stand firm that we absolutely will not tolerate the President even considering turning over a U.S. ambassador. And there's been no president ever as tough as I have been on Russia", Trump said before a Cabinet meeting at the White House, adding that Putin "understands it and he's not happy about it".

Republicans and Democrats both accused him of siding with an adversary rather than his own country after he shied away from criticizing the Russian leader for what USA intelligence agencies say were Moscow's efforts to undermine the 2016 election. He did not specify what he meant - whether he was talking about people in the intelligence community or people with high IQs.

Her comments stood in sharp contrast to those of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who held open the possibility that what Trump called "an incredible offer" is being weighed.

The president said on Tuesday that he accepted the United States intelligence community's conclusion that the meddling took place.

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U.S. intelligence officials have said Russian election interference efforts are continuing and now target the upcoming congressional elections in November. "We should tell them to shut it down".

While past presidents have had hard foreign trips and been criticized for their summits with Soviet leaders, Trump's behavior has few parallels, in the view of presidential historians and longtime Russian Federation watchers. "It's insane. You do something that's positive and they try the make it as negative as possible". "I have said that numerous times before, and I would say that is true, yeah".

The White House is likely to block the move, arguing that the president is not required to reveal private conversations and that an aide, such as a translator, should not be compelled to do so.

Members of Congress and other people who know about things are calling this out as insane. They've sanctioned dozens of Russian oligarchs and government officials. He also said he has faith in us intelligence agencies. And they've provided lethal weapons to Ukraine. Is there a disconnect there between the president's rhetoric and his policies?

Donald Trump's face time with Russian President Vladimir Putin was, uh, historic to say the least.

CHANG: All right, that's NPR's Scott Horsley at the White House.

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