Senators plan to resurrect resolution backing intelligence community on Russian Federation

Pauline Gross
July 21, 2018

The president's comments prompted top intelligence officials in his administration, as well as fellow Republican leaders in Congress, to reaffirm the findings that Russian Federation had tried to influence American voters.

Russian Federation would prefer the talks to be more formal than the exchanges in Helsinki, which would give Putin the chance to ensure that bureaucracies on both sides start to nail down some details. Coats had uttered just a few words to show he was shell-shocked with the prospect of Trump meeting Putin again.

There were no note-takers present during the meeting-only Trump, Putin, and interpreters.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer immediately criticized the planned invitation.

"I think as time goes by and the President has already mentioned some things that happened in that meeting, I think we will learn more". He just said it's not Russian Federation.

The official told the Journal the president "did the exact opposite".

This "clarification" didn't address other remarks in which Trump criticized the U.S.as "foolish" for its approach to Russian Federation and said "I have confidence in both parties".

It was the latest about-face from the White House as it struggled to quiet the post-Helsinki summit uproar. When asked about Russian election meddling, Trump appeared to reject the conclusions of the USA intelligence community and to accept Putin's denial that Russia's hands were clean.

Trump's latest comments on Russian Federation come just a day after he was forced to issue an emergency statement after Monday's disastrous joint press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. On Wednesday, Trump answered "no" to a reporter's question on whether Russian Federation was still targeting the United States, only to have Sanders say later he was saying "no" to answering any questions - not to the question itself.

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What happened at Monday's one-on-one between Trump and Putin with only interpreters present remained a mystery, even to top officials and USA lawmakers who said they had not been briefed.

As Dimitri alluded to a minute ago, Donald Trump is not the person to be negotiating complex arms control deals. And Trump has aggressively promoted US energy exports, although so far that hasn't created much competition for Russia's oil and gas.

Putin offered to let American officials watch Russian authorities question the 12 Russian military officers indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. He mentioned London-based financier Bill Browder, a onetime investor in Russian Federation who said he exposed corruption there. There is little to no precedent for calling on translators to testify, but members of Congress seem alarmed at the secrecy surrounding Trump's meeting with Putin.

Mr. Putin has sought to become a Mr. Trump ally at a time when USA ties to Europe are fraying, and both presidents are critical of the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Obama didn't do it. Obama was a patsy for Russian Federation.

He did, however, tell CBS News this week that he holds Vladimir Putin responsible for election meddling.

News that Trump and Putin are likely to meet in Washington simply caught him off-guard while he was speaking at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday.

President Donald Trump has asked his national security adviser to invite Putin to Washington to follow up on a summit in Helsinki this week.

The White House released a statement saying that Trump "disagrees" with Putin's proposal.

Following his summit with Vladimir Putin, President Trump has been fighting accusations he failed to stand up to the Russian leader.

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