White House struggles to contain political outcry over Trump-Putin summit

Florence Lopez
July 19, 2018

"I can tell you what my view is - the intelligence community's assessment has not changed, my view has not changed, which is that Russian Federation attempted to interfere with the last election and that it continues to engage in malign influence operations to this day", he said.

Sanders said "there was some conversation about" Putin's proposed exchange during Trump's summit with the Russian leader in Helsinki on Monday, where the two leaders spent about two hours together accompanied only by translators.

"We hope that, at some point, Iran will call us and we'll maybe make a new deal", Trump said, adding that Russian Federation has assured him of its support for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. "These are steps that we've taken because we see that there's a threat there", Sanders said.

Even many Republicans are lashing out at Trump after his freakish performance at his meeting with Vladimir Putin. Browder has said he helped expose corruption in Russian Federation.

Van Hollen said Trump "isn't willing to protect the integrity of our democracy in the United States, so Congress has to act".

Did Trump misspeak when he gave Putin's self-serving denials of election interference the same standing he gave findings of our intelligence agencies that have the backing of congressional intelligence committees controlled by Republicans? No.

On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the two presidents discussed the possibility at the summit, but added that Trump had not yet made a commitment.

Trump stunned the world on Monday by shying away from criticizing the Russian leader for Moscow's actions to undermine the election, sparking bipartisan fury at home and prompting calls by some US lawmakers for tougher sanctions and other actions to punish Russia.

"I'm done apologizing for Donald J. Trump", the Republican said.

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Similarly, Republican House Leader Paul Ryan was publicly at odds with Trump's statements during the Helsinki press conference . Cotton went on to say that these are not the actions of "a friend, an ally, or merely a nation with aligned interests".

"Big benefits and exciting future for North Korea at end of process!" he wrote. Many positive things will come out of that meeting. I was interpreting what the president's intention was in stating the administration's policy.

Trump returned to the subject of his relationship with Putin later Wednesday morning, asserting that some people would rather go to war than see him get along well with Putin.

"The president is wrong", GOP Sen. Russian officials have said they want to interview Kremlin critics Bill Browder and former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.

"And I realized that there is a need for some clarification", Trump said. "It's called Trump Derangement Syndrome!"

One such opportunity is what Trump termed an "incredible offer" from Putin to allow the USA access to Russians accused of election hacking and other interference. "We're also living in a grown-up world", he said.

CBS News anchor Jeff Glor then asked Trump: "So if you believe United States intelligence agencies, is Putin lying to you?"

Trump's tweets prompted a new round of criticism from Democrats, including Rep. Ted Lieu of California, who said that only Russian people appreciated Trump's joint news conference with Putin. I will tell you though, it better not be.

At the outset of the gathering, Trump upbraided allies for not living up to an agreement on how much they should pay for defense.

Coats said last week that Russian Federation has been the most aggressive cyberthreat but other efforts are coming from China, Iran and North Korea as well as criminal networks and individual hackers.

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