Some In Trump's Own Party Criticize Him For Congratulating Putin

by Abel Hampton March 22, 2018, 2:28
Some In Trump's Own Party Criticize Him For Congratulating Putin

White House officials did not dispute the report, but said whoever leaked it could be subject to dismissal. Trump did so anyway during a Tuesday conversation.

The Russian people and global observers may not see last Sunday's presidential election in Russia as legitimate, but President Barack Obama has now officially endorsed the return of Russian past and future President Vladimir Putin.

The document had been accessible only to a select group of aides, two officials said.

Other prominent Republicans also slammed the leak of the Putin briefing materials. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations.

Many senators and House members simply haven't commented. Trump and Chief of Staff John Kelly are both angry over the disclosure, officials said, especially because of the small circle of distribution.

"I don't believe that was discussed in today's call", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

The president has demanded that the leaker be identified and future leaks prevented, the people said.

Putin and Trump agreed that the problems in Russia-U.S. relations make it necessary to hold a face-to-face meeting, Peskov said. Trump calls the probe a political witch hunt.

It was also reported the US President ignored specific warnings from his national security advisers ahead of the telephone call.

It is unclear if Trump even bothered to read the advice before making the call or simply made a decision to disregard it and use his own judgment.

"I think Putin is a criminal".

Mr. Trump faced criticism over his conversation with Mr. Putin for congratulating him on winning an election in which he faced no serious opponent.

Grassley's comments to reporters on Wednesday were a pointed reproof in response to President TrumpDonald John TrumpKoch-backed group launches six-figure ad buy against Heitkamp Anti-abortion Dem wins primary fight Lipinski holds slim lead in tough IL primary fight MORE's call to Putin the previous day, which sparked backlash after Trump declined to press Putin on the fairness of Russia's election and the poisoning of a former Russian double agent living in England.

Trump, who has faced criticism over his relationship with Putin, further argued that it's good for the United States to get along with Russian Federation, as well as other countries.

White House officials have said that Trump is less trusting of Putin because of Russian activities in Ukraine, Syria and elsewhere.

If President Trump was not sufficiently convinced about the United Kingdom poisoning claim, all he needed to do was call PM May for a full explanation of the evidence.

The White House chaos emerged as lawmakers heard that Russian Federation - slapped with USA sanctions over its meddling in the 2016 election - remains a menace as the country gears up for congressional polls in November.

His national security advisers had also called on him to condemn the March 4 nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Great Britain. Russian Federation has denied the accusation.


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