Intel Under Bus At Putin Summit

Pauline Gross
July 17, 2018

"I don't see any reason why Russian Federation would interfere in the 2016 election", Trump told astonished reporters.

The comments prompted Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, a Republican, to release a statement characterizing it "bizarre and flat out wrong".

Putin admitted that he wanted Trump to win the 2016 presidential election because of his policies but said he took no action to make that happen.

Asked whether he believed Putin or U.S. intelligence agencies about Russian election meddling, Trump did not hesitate to back Putin.

Talking to the media before the one-on-one summit with Putin, Trump did not mention Russia's meddling in the U.S. election.

Former CIA director John Brennan, who has been among the most vocal of past officials in his criticism of the president, was unsparing.

"I think that's an incredible offer".

"I think Dan Coats, being head of the intelligence community, is probably the right guy to resign at this time", Pfeiffer told CNN, adding that history has show that when a person with integrity takes this kind of step, it can move conversations forward at perhaps a different level. Coats was referred to by Trump at the Helsinki news conference, and then essentially dismissed. "President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today". He claimed Mr Obama "was informed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation about Russian Meddling, he said it couldn't happen, was no big deal, & did NOTHING about it".

Trump's comments on Monday are fueling questions about whether Coats should continue to serve in his current role as DNI. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. "This is shameful".

On the streets, the summit attracted a grab-bag of protesters, with abortion-rights activists wearing artificially bulging bellies and Mr Trump masks, anti-fascist protesters bearing signs with expletive-laden insults, and free traders, anti-war Ukrainians and gay rights supporters making their voices heard.

The conditions were in place for effective co-operation on Syria, Putin added.

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"No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant".

House Speaker Paul Ryan chided the president for false equivalency in his answer about accountability.

But Trump's repeated references to the start of a new era made it clear that the USA president wants these frozen conflicts to be defrosted, and in many cases, responsibility for their existence lies with America, not Russian Federation. "The United States must be focused on holding Russian Federation accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy".

Trump's opponents at home were furious, with one Democratic congressman tweeting that Trump had turned the White House into "a propaganda arm for the Kremlin". It may well be that the USA state department proves less supine than the president.

It prompted one of Trump's own senior political appointees, who works on Russian issues, to speak out saying they had "little to no good expectations" for the summit.

Abby Huntsman, another Fox on-air personality, opined, "no negotiation is worth throwing your own people and country under the bus". "HRC is here in Helsinki to demand Donald Trump end his deafening silence, publicly condemn these Chechen crimes against humanity, and call on Putin to investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice".

Mr Trump confirmed that he addressed meddling by Russia in the 2016 USA election with his Russian opposite number, but the U.S. leader is not condemning Moscow's conduct publicly. In a second operation, the agents targeted USA election infrastructure and some local election officials.

President Trump vowed to fix torn relations with Russian Federation, arguing he would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace than to risk peace in pursuit of politics.

The press conference closed out the Trump-Putin summit, in which the American president delivered what amounted to a warm embrace to the man who for years has been isolated by the US and Western allies for Russia's activities in Ukraine, Syria and beyond.

Putin insisted the claims were "sheer nonsense".

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