Trump defends efforts to build a rapport with Putin

Lester Mason
July 21, 2018

It comes after Mr Putin, asked in Helsinki whether he would extradite the 12 Russian intelligence agents indicted in the U.S. for hacking Democratic Party computers, said he would meet the U.S. government "halfway".

Antonov called the Helsinki summit "a key event" and said that Putin and Trump should continue to be in contact after their summit.

Mr Putin announced an array of new nuclear weapons in March in one of his most bellicose speeches in years, saying they could hit nearly any point in the world and evade a US-built missile shield.

Mr Trump was attacked by both sides of politics and Americans across the board for appearing to side with Mr Putin over his own intelligence agencies with regards to whether Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 USA election.

"Look, the fact is we got along well", he told CNBC, adding that the two did not agree on everything.

Such a meeting would be another step towards discussing and resolving problems between the two countries, he said.

It was also only the latest example of an administration official charged with combating foreign influence in the United States steeling their spines and sending signals about standing up to Trump - or at least working around him. "We are ready for discussions on this subject".

By then the Russian Prosecutor-General's office had informally proposed that the United States turn over a U.S. National Security Agency employee, a CIA agent and State Department officials, among others.

Still, the names on Russia's list offered a telling glimpse into Putin's grudges and how he might have tried to appeal to Trump. He gave no details.

The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why I wouldn't, or why it wouldn't be Russian Federation.' .

"I don't see any reason why it would be", Trump said in Helsinki.

A couple of hours later, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump had not been responding to the question about Russian interference.

He said that "concrete proposals were made on how to resolve this issue", but did not describe them.

As American officials groped for information about the meeting, Moscow offered snippets of its version on Friday.

US officials have repeatedly said that Russian Federation must do much more to implement the agreement and create conditions under which it could succeed.

Rarely has any White House sent the compass needle spinning in so many different directions in such a short time.

Antonov said Moscow is working to return her to Russian Federation. He did not spell out what they were.

Putin reportedly said he had agreed not to discuss the proposal publicly while Trump was considering it.

American intelligence agencies concluded previous year that Russian Federation carried out a campaign of hacking and propaganda targeting the 2016 US election, seeking to sow discord and disparage Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Trump did note, however, that while he agreed that Russian Federation had interfered, it "could be other people also".

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats revealed Thursday he has yet to be briefed on the private session.

Despite widespread opposition from almost all GOP legislators, law experts, and White House officials, one GOP Senator is joining his Democratic colleagues in demanding to question the President's translator regarding his personal meeting with Vladimir Putin.

Putin told Russian diplomats on Thursday that US-Russian relations are "in some ways worse than during the Cold War", but that the meeting with Trump allowed a start on "the path to positive change".

But senior officials recoiled at the idea of turning over Americans to Russian Federation; one aide insisted that the idea had not gained traction in the government.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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