White House struggles to contain political outcry over Trump-Putin summit

Leslie Hanson
July 19, 2018

Pretty quickly, the United States government realised that Russian Federation was behind this effort to swing the election in Trump's favour. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be".

"I let him know we can't have this". We're not going to have it. In it, Glor asks Trump if he would hold Putin personally culpable for the alleged election interference. "I would, because he's in charge of the country".

Despite President Trump's deference to Russian President Vladimir Putin at their post-summit press conference in Helsinki on Monday, several senior administration officials say the State Department is not getting bombarded with concerns from U.S. allies because they have concluded that Trump and Putin did not make any firm agreements.

When asked if she was reversing what the president had said, she answered: "I'm interpreting it, not reversing it".

Russian officials worry that domestic turmoil in the USA will hamper potential future cooperation on Syria or arms control discussed at the summit.

He also lashed out at Europe and USA -dominated North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, saying Russian Federation would hit back with an "equivalent response" to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation bases near Russia's borders and other "aggressive steps". Ahead of a cabinet meeting Wednesday, he seemed to have answered in the negative - "No" - to a question if he believed Russian Federation was still targeting the United States.

This time, however, Mr Trump stood before the world, side by side with Mr Putin, and chose the Russian leader's version of the truth over that of the United States intelligence agencies, including his director of intelligence, Dan Coats.


"I can't answer on behalf of the White House", Nauert said. He slammed Trump in every way but that one, accusing him of weakness and lame and contradictory walk backs. He has "full faith" in U.S. intelligence agencies, he went on to say, and that he accepted their findings that Russian Federation had meddled in the elections. He told reporters he meant to say, "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be (Russia)", not "I don't see any reason why it would be". Ha had tweeted a half-dozen times and sat for two television interviews since the Putin news conference, before correcting his remarks the next day.

Montenegro, or at least Trump's latest comments about it. In addition, the two leaders have also held several telephone conversations.

"The warning lights are blinking red again", Coats said. "If the president can't say directly to President Putin that he is wrong and we are right and our intelligence agencies are right, it's ineffective, and worse, another sign of weakness". "And there's been no president ever as tough as I have been on Russia", Trump said before the Cabinet meeting, adding that Putin "understands it and he's not happy about it". After his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, was jailed and killed for exposing a massive fraud involving senior Russian officials, Mr. Browder persuaded Congress to pass the 2012 Magnitsky Act, which has led to sanctions against numerous officials in the Putin clique.

The muddied waters have deepened critics' concerns that Trump is not taking seriously enough threats to the USA electoral system.

He also said he warned Putin against future meddling during their summit in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday.

"The president and his administration are working very hard to make sure that Russian Federation is unable to meddle in our elections as they have done in the past". In exchange, Putin wants Russian interviews of Americans accused by the Kremlin of unspecified crimes. "These are steps that we've taken because we see that there's a threat there", Sanders said.

The president was asked what he said to Putin, and he replied that he was "very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling".

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