Donald Trump rejects Putin’s proposal on interviewing Americans

20 July, 2018, 05:08 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Donald Trump says media's goal is to see him go to war with Russia

McFaul also tweeted his thanks to Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who, along with Sens.

"And there's been no president ever as tough as I have been on Russia", Trump told reporters before a cabinet meeting at the White House.

"I bet that soccer ball's been looked at very carefully", Coats said, laughing.

At a post-summit news conference with Putin, Trump responded to a question about Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election by casting doubt on the findings of his own intelligence agencies and denouncing the "stupidity" of US policies.

Trump has faced widespread domestic criticism in recent days following the summit in the Finnish capital Helsinki on Monday, most notably over an initial refusal to blame Russian Federation for meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

It's just the latest surprise to come out of Trump's Helsinki presser with Putin. But on Tuesday, after facing harsh criticism (even from his own party) Trump seemed to backtrack on what he said.

Ignoring the warnings of intelligence leaders, Trump has continued to lavish praise on Putin and has emphasised the need to improve US-Russia relations.

Before McConnell announced Thursday's vote on the Schumer-Menendez-Schatz resolution, Senate Republicans blocked two efforts to bring up resolutions affirming lawmakers' support for the intelligence community's assessment, the special counsel's probe into alleged ties between Trump and the Kremlin, and urge the president to take a harder stand against Russian Federation. In that statement, Coats restated the US intelligence assessment about Russian meddling and Moscow's "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

Contradicting his own intelligence agencies, he said there had been no reason for Russian Federation to meddle in the vote.

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In it, Trump's distinctive blonde hair, wispy eyebrows and pursed lips merge with Putin's nose and blue eyes.

You know you're not in Kansas anymore when a US President is willing to consider allowing Russian Federation to interrogate a former American ambassador about fabricated crimes. "Hopefully President Putin will have the 12 identified Russians come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt".

The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a resolution against allowing Russian Federation to question former US ambassador Michael McFaul or other USA officials.

In an interview with The Christian Broadcasting Network on Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it was "not going to happen".

But on Thursday morning, Trump made a fresh bombastic claim: the media want the go to "war" with Russian Federation.

President Donald Trump has told National Security Adviser John Bolton to invite Russian Ruler Vladimir Putin to Washington in the fall.

Earlier on Thursday, US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said he did not know what happened in the meeting between Mr Trump and Mr Putin.

Just hours before the CBS interview was broadcast, the White House was forced to clarify another statement Trump gave at a Cabinet meeting earlier on Wednesday.


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