Susan Rice: 'Historic mistake' to allow U.S. president to meet with Putin

Marcus Newton
July 23, 2018

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Sunday harshly criticized President Donald Trump for his back-and-forth statements on whether or not he sides with the USA intelligence community's assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election or Russian President Vladimir Putin, who denied the allegations again last week.

Trump's tweets on Thursday come as he has alternated between trying to quell a political uproar over his comments in Helsinki - he refused to back the USA intelligence community's assessment of Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election during a joint news conference with Putin, instead touting Putin's strong denials - and his desire to not back down or apologize over his performance.

"I think there's no ignoring the fact that for whatever reason, this President acts like he's compromised", Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said on ABC News' "This Week".

Speaking to Howard Kurtz on Fox News' "Media Buzz" on Sunday, Spicer said that Trump had admitted to fumbling his words when he appeared to side with Putin and cast doubts on USA intelligence conclusions about Russian meddling, but added that Trump in the past had spoken very clearly about Russian hacking. "The evidence is overwhelming and the president needs to say that and act like it". I can tell you there may be times that we need to do that. I'll give you credit for that Mr. President, but it's not working.

Coats and Trump do not have a contentious relationship, officials say, though it's not close.

President Donald Trump reportedly fawned over Russian President Vladimir Putin to his aides after they met for a high stakes summit in Helsinki last week.

But, Barletta's campaign said, "our adversarial relationship should not derail efforts to find common ground through diplomacy on important issues like stabilizing Syria and denuclearization - just like our stalwart alliances with European nations should not handcuff United States policy from requesting trade fairness and full North Atlantic Treaty Organisation payments". And instead the president did not show the strength that an American president, I believe, should have shown at that moment.

"And the fact that Dan Coats doesn't [know] is no failing on Dan Coats" part", the congressman said, referring to Trump's director of national intelligence, who said Thursday he didn't "know what happened" in the one-on-one meeting between Trump and Putin.

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President", hailing the summit as the "start of a meaningful journey" toward warmer relations between the USA and North Korea. The U.S. team would then fly out with the remains on July 27, either to Osan Air Base in South Korea or to Hawaii.

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The president also vowed to stop Russian Federation or any other country from cyber attacks on this year's midterm elections. Despite getting pushback for the comments he made, he repeated that sentiment when he sat down with Carlson.

According to the survey, 56 percent of Americans disapproved of Trump for expressing doubt over the US intelligence community's conclusions about Russian meddling and 29 percent approved.

Coats issued a rare statement yesterday rebutting the president's Monday comments during a press conference with Putin doubting the findings of the intelligence community on Russian election interference.

With regards to Trump's treatment of Putin and Russian Federation, national security experts and journalists have been citing the fact pattern and saying there's something odd going on.

Contrasting Putin's background as a former KGB agent who uses "penny-ante spy tactics" with Trump's as a former businessman, Bossert said, "We spend our time trying to have productive meetings with foreign leaders".

"They didn't agree on anything, unlike what's been reported by, apparently by, the Russian government in a way to mislead us", Bossert said on ABC's "This Week".

Despite bipartisan criticism, Mr Trump pointed blame at the media, tweeting: "The Fake News Media wants so badly to see a major confrontation with Russian Federation, even a confrontation that could lead to war".

Trump's latest missive came hours after he asserted without evidence that newly released documents relating to the wiretapping of his onetime campaign adviser Carter Page "confirm with little doubt" that intelligence agencies misled the court that approved the warrant. He was one of Trump's earliest backers in Congress in the presidential primary, co-chaired Trump's campaign in Pennsylvania and served on Trump's transition team.

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