Top intel official says he meant no disrespect to Trump

Annette Crawford
July 22, 2018

"That's going to be special" with a smirk. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal planning, said the talks would also cover nuclear proliferation, North Korea, Iran and Syria.

"I don't know what happened in that meeting", he said.

Meanwhile, the White House on Thursday said it was no longer considering an unprecedented proposal that would have seen Russian interrogators question former USA ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and other US citizens-in exchange for allowing special counsel Robert Mueller's team to interview 12 Russians indicted last week for allegedly hacking the emails of Democrats during the 2016 election.

Hillary Clinton has criticized Donald Trump's performance at the Helsinki summit earlier this week, calling his failure to tackle Vladimir Putin over Russian interference in the 2016 USA election "deeply disturbing" and a "mystery". Trump appeared to answer "no" to a reporter's question asking whether Russian Federation was still targeting the U.S. Hours later, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders emerged to say Trump had merely tried to put a stop to the questioning by saying "no", although he continued discussing Russian Federation after that.

'I said the word would instead of wouldn't, ' he says regarding Russian interference in 2016 US election.

In the days since the summit, Trump has faced criticism from officials on both sides of the political aisle over his handling of Putin and Russian Federation, which intelligence officials say meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

As for Putin's offer on investigations, Sanders it was "made in sincerity" and the USA hopes he will have the indicted Russians "come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt".

The former Republican lawmaker was banned from travelling to Russian Federation in 2014 for calling out its annexation of Crimea.


It was one of many concerns about Russian interference the former Secretary of State voiced during a wide-ranging interview with Emerson Collective founder Laurene Powell Jobs, an OZY investor. "So, certainly as the leader of a country you would have to hold him responsible, yes", Trump said.

The Washington Post reported that Trump specifically admired how Putin is "strong, smart, and cunning".

Senate Republicans joined Democrats in swiftly passing a resolution, 98-0, that put the Senate on record against the questioning of American officials by a foreign government.

"Who do you believe?", Lemire had asked, referring to Trump's well established disbelief in the US intelligence community's ironclad conclusions about Russia's efforts to subvert America's democracy.

Many in the White House did not immediately see fault in Sanders' comments that the West Wing was merely considering the Kremlin offer, but it provided fresh tinder for the bipartisan firestorm.

Putin would be setting foot inside the building for the first time in more than a decade.

President Barack Obama welcomed then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to the White House in 2010, and took him on a burger run at a joint just outside the capital. She said at the Aspen Forum that Russian Federation is attempting to "cause chaos on both sides".

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