Putin: Trump was 'of no interest' to Russian Federation before 2016 election

Pauline Gross
July 19, 2018

House Speaker Paul Ryan weighed in to say there's "no question" that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election and "no moral equivalence" between the United States and Russian Federation.

Trump's eagerness to improve USA relations with Russian Federation had been met with skepticism in Congress, where lawmakers almost unanimously approved tough sanctions targeting Moscow in 2017.

"My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others", Trump said.

CNN is reporting that that statement wasn't cleared by the White House. Makes the US "look like a pushover", said GOP Sen.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona was most outspoken, declaring that Trump made a "conscious choice to defend a tyrant" and achieved "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

Mr Trump stunned U.S. political allies and foes alike with his answer to a question about Russian hacking and interference in the 2016 election which saw him defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"We don't have anything on them, and there can't be anything on them", he said. "The flaw in that, which I think goes to the heart of this very issue, is that Vladimir Putin is not interested in a better working relationship with the United States because he views the world - he views geopolitics as a battle between the strong and weak".

There was never a chance Donald Trump or Vladimir Putin where going to walk away from this summit declaring it a flop, a failure. In an interview with Russian TV outlet Channel 1, Putin offered compliments of Trump following their summit, saying he was an "interesting conversation partner".

When asked repeatedly and directly to condemn Putin's meddling in the 2016 election - a fact established not only by Federal Bureau of Investigation indictments but also by America's entire intelligence community - Trump refused.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave his support to the USA intelligence community, but he did not answer a question on whether he would tell Trump that he disagreed with him.

"We've taken the first steps towards a brighter future".

Months later, Trump said he fired FBI Director James Comey because of the lingering investigation into Russian meddling and possible collusion with elements of Trump's campaign. "Patriots need to stand up and reject the behavior of this president". "The damage inflicted by President Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate".

Of course dialogue between Russian Federation and the United States - on Syria, nuclear disarmament, Iran, Crimea and others matters - is desirable, even essential. Putin responded. "Have you forgotten about - well, has Kennedy been killed in Russian Federation or in the United States?"

The Russian foreign ministry "liked" his words and tweeted back: "We agree". But, he tweeted: 'I never would have thought that the US President would become one of the ones getting played by old KGB hands'.

Putin suggested USA investigators might travel to Russia to participate in questioning Russians accused by Washington of United States election meddling as long as Russian investigators were allowed to do the same with US spies operating in Russia, an idea Trump's critics dismissed as ludicrous.

But several Republicans who don't typically buck the president raised concerns, shocked by Monday's performance.

Putin also denied the accusation that Trump colluded with Russian Federation in the presidential campaign of 2016. "The intelligence community has assembled probably an unparalleled amount of evidence in regards to the Russian, not just efforts to interfere in 2016, but ongoing efforts to interfere in American society".

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