Trump says Russian Federation isn't a threat, contradicts his own intelligence chief

Angelo Anderson
July 19, 2018

Once order was restored, he said he had been in the dark as to why a storm had swirled around his presidency since his Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin.

He sided with Putin when asked whether he would condemn Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Mr Trump's meeting with Mr Putin in Helsinki was his first time sharing the worldwide stage with a man he has described as an important U.S. competitor - but whom he has also praised a strong, effective leader.

Browder worked with Congress to get the Magnitsky Act passed, preventing foreigners who violate human rights from entering the U.S. The vocal critic of Putin said he would meet with Trump and thinks the president should decisively denounce any suggestion of handing over U.S. officials to Russian Federation for questioning.

He did this in Helsinki, too, and executed a convoluted walkback of those remarks on Tuesday, saying he misspoke in Finland. "But again, we've committed to nothing".

"Yeah and I've said that before", he said. "I have said that numerous times before, and I would say that is true, yeah".

Then, on Wednesday, he was asked during a Cabinet meeting if Russian Federation was still targeting the USA, and he answered "no" without elaborating.

When asked whether there were concerns about the president's credibility given Trump's reversal of his remarks about Russian Federation on Tuesday, Sanders was quick to note she wasn't clarifying anything on Wednesday.

The president told a television interview that he has "tremendous faith" in Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, and that he would "accept" his conclusions on Russian involvement. Tuesday, the day after, Trump said he meant to say the word "wouldn't".


"The threat still exists", she said.

"Well, that's good to hear 'cause if it was no to the idea that Russian Federation was interfering that would have been very problematic, dumbfounding", Graham said.

Democratic leaders immediately called for Trump to cancel the scheduled meeting with the Russian president, but the White House said the summit would go ahead. "Look at what we've done".

Sanders then claimed it was not a reversal, she was just interpreting what POTUS said. "He understands it, and he's not happy about it. You can put that in and I think that probably clarifies things by itself".

The two presidents held a two-hour closed-door negotiation with no other officials present save for the leaders' interpreters.

Rosenstein said he briefed Trump about the indictment before Friday's announcement and that the timing was determined by 'the facts, the evidence, and the law'.

"I don't want to get into whether or not he's lying", Mr. Trump said.

Mr Pompeo is to publicly testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on July 25.

"We're going to have a massive effort to try to get to what happened".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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