GOP leaders still have questions about Trump's meeting with Putin

Pauline Gross
July 21, 2018

Kim thanked Trump for his "energetic and extraordinary efforts" to improve the once hostile relations between the two countries in a letter.

Since then, the US President has backtracked on his comments. "Which we don't want to use, but we have tremendous powers", he said. "And that's the way it's going to be".

Trump's performance at Monday's news conference drew widespread condemnation, as he appeared to side with Putin over the USA intelligence community, which has concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election. "He has said that a number of times".

In a sign of the EU's deepening alarm about Trump's unilateral approach, the paper argues that the White House is again risking the US's worldwide reputation. They said I insulted people.

"Make no mistake about it, I would say to our friends in Europe".

Video of Juncker, who next week travels to Washington for crunch talks on trade with U.S. President Donald Trump, being helped by other leaders at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting had prompted calls from eurosceptic politicians for his resignation.

"There wasn't a commitment made on behalf of the United States, and the president will work with his team, and we'll let you know if there's an announcement on that front", Sanders said. He also said Putin "had agreed to help with North Korea" but did not provide further details. Germany, which shipped 640,000 cars to the USA last year, is eager to negotiate a solution with the US administration.

He tweeted Wednesday: 'Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russian Federation. We got along well which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match.

Taking to Twitter early Wednesday, President Donald Trump defended anew his much-criticized performance at the Helsinki summit, promising "big results" from better relations with Russian Federation and hitting back at "haters".

"Frankly, I don't think those USA presidents at any point came off as not pursuing US security interests, as being taken in by the Soviet leader they were meeting with", said Alina Polyakova, a foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Institution.

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Speaking at the White House ahead of a meeting with Republican lawmakers, Trump said, "The sentence should have been, "I don't see any reason why I wouldn't, or why it wouldn't be Russia" instead of 'why it would'".

But he added: "Could be other people also. Lots of other people out there".

Blame it on that pesky double negative.

But Trump supporters take issue with the criticism being leveled at the prez- and at the spin.

Democrats scoffed at the notion that Russian Federation is no longer targeting American elections. So rather than back his own intelligence officers, he took the side of Putin.

It was easily Trump's worst moment as president, even if it wasn't - as some over the top Democratic critics said, treasonable.

Meanwhile, Coats responded to Trump's statement by issuing his own, in which he reiterated the consensus among U.S. intelligence agencies over Russia's intervention in the 2016 election, and argued that the USA intelligence offers "objective and untarnished" reports with the goal of protecting American national security. Pompeo is to publicly testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on July 25.

Cornyn said he supports more sanctions. -North Korean summit and received a letter from the reclusive leader expressing hope for "practical actions" in the future.

But faced with outrage at home, and even allies demanding he reverse course, Trump - in an extraordinary postscript to the summit - sought to walk back his remarks.

"That's what I wish he would have said initially, and I'm glad he said it now", said Sen.

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