Trump calls hypocrites those who criticized him for being soft with Putin

Tanya Simon
July 22, 2018

The president's comments prompted top intelligence officials in his administration, as well as fellow Republican leaders in Congress, to reaffirm the findings that Russian Federation had tried to influence American voters.

At one point, the rhetorical zigzags left one senator lamenting a "walk-back of the walk-back" that was, she said, "dizzying".

U.S. President Donald Trump defended his efforts to build a relationship with Vladimir Putin in an interview broadcast on Friday after he invited the Russian leader for a second meeting in the midst of an uproar over their first.

Clinton said failure to officially record the meeting gave Putin the opportunity to put out press releases about what was accomplished and spin the results however he'd like while, she said, "we're hearing crickets" from the White House. I have President Putin.

"Russia should suffer consequences for its aggressive and destabilizing behavior as well as its continuing illegal occupation of Ukraine", Mattis said in a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain.

"You particularly need a note taker so that there can be no mistake about what was said", she said.

"I got severely criticized by the Fake News Media for being too nice to President Putin".

"I was just doing my job", Coats explained of his decision to release a statement that the intelligence community has "been clear in [its] assessments" of Russia's past and ongoing efforts to undermine US democracy. "Sort of a double negative".

Coats, in his statement, said, "I and the entire intel community are committed to providing the best possible intelligence to inform and support President Trump's ongoing efforts to prevent Russian meddling in our upcoming elections, to build strong relationships internationally in order to maintain peace, denuclearize unsafe regimes and protect our nation and our allies".

Rosenstein last week announced that 12 Russian intelligence officials had been charged with computer hacking and other offences during the 2016 election. He added: "Could be other people also; there's a lot of people out there". Trump initially had described the idea as an "incredible offer".

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Huckabee Sanders also announced that the White House would not proceed with a plan to extradite U.S. citizens to Russian Federation for questioning in exchange for Russian Federation allowing its intelligence officials to be questioned as part of the Mueller probe. The official did not specify if that meant Russia's interference in US elections.

There are hopes inside the administration that the next summit will be more traditional, with USA and Russian negotiators meeting ahead of time to set up an agenda and try to reach agreement on some issues. Earlier in the administration, his voice was drowned out by the more outspoken Mike Pompeo, who was Central Intelligence Agency director before Trump tapped him as secretary of state.

Meanwhile, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she still has not seen evidence that Moscow tried to help elect Trump.

"But can you just clarify, you don't believe that to be the case?" the reporter asked a third time.

"I think it's a very normal and practical thing".

Sanders later said his comment was misinterpreted. She said at the Aspen Forum that Russian Federation is attempting to "cause chaos on both sides". Susan Collins of ME said of Trump's one-word response.

A White House spokeswoman, Lindsay Walters, wanted to make clear that the president "respects the independence of the Fed".

Coats said it was news to him.

"The United States should not be penalized because we are doing so well". During the Monday press conference, he alleged that Bill Browder, an investor and Putin critic accused of financial crimes in Russian Federation, contributed $400 million to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. On Tuesday, the Russian general prosecutor's office said to little fanfare that Putin misspoke and meant $400,000.

The notion of a $400 million donation to the Democrat's campaign would be out of the question.

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