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

18 July, 2018, 12:05 | Author: Donnie King
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"There's a variety of things that he has done that he should be called out for", Crawford said.

On Monday, Trump sparked backlash from both Democrats and Republicans after he sided with Putin rather than his own intelligence services on whether Russian Federation had meddled in the campaign. The statement went against the overwhelming consensus of the US intelligence community that Russian Federation had interfered with the goal of helping Trump to be elected. Trump never admits he was wrong, so his attempt at a do-over yesterday - saying he meant to say he didn't see a reason why Russian Federation "wouldn't" have interfered in the election, instead of "would" - is an indication that even he realizes he finally hit the wall.

"Given the unfriendliness of the press toward the president, why should we focus on a press conference?".

Trump sought to clarify himself by saying he had said "wouldn't" instead of "would". The pair met in private for two hours, joined only by translators, no aides or record-keepers.

Rep. Tom O'Halleran (D-01) said in a tweet, "Today's meeting and press conference were a slap in the face to all of the courageous men and women in our military and civilian intelligence agencies as they work to get to the bottom of Russia's efforts to meddle in our elections". "I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today".

Trump initially sounded a defensive note on Tuesday, insisting his meeting with Putin had been "even better" than his one last week with traditional allies NATO - a testy gathering seen as having badly strained trans-Atlantic ties.

The U.S. president added that "discussions are ongoing and they're going very, very well".




"Russia shouldn't invade its neighbors and should move out of countries it's invaded". "The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally".

It was disgraceful. It was a betrayal, not only of our intelligence agencies but of everyone who has fought against the threat that Russian Federation poses to the United States and its allies.

"I do not believe that Russian Federation is a friend of the United States", McMorris Rodgers said. "It's a phony witch hunt".

Newspapers around the world have reacted to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin's performances at the Helsinki summit, and are united in their assessment of which world leader came out on top.

'I, like so many of you, hoped back then that the office would change the man, ' Avenatti said. The damage inflicted by President Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate.

Mark Simakovsky, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Eurasia Center in Washington DC, told Al Jazeera that the summit in Helsinki has damaged Trump's credibility.

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