Trump now says he accepts intelligence community's findings after Putin meeting

by Abel Hampton July 23, 2018, 0:10
Trump now says he accepts intelligence community's findings after Putin meeting

"US President Donald Trump's advisers say the fallout over comments made at his meeting with Vladimir Putin are merely 'unnecessary criticism".

Trump later said that he misspoke in Helsinki about Russian interference in the elections.

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, a California Republican, ignored questions from a CNN reporter Tuesday about Putin's comments on favoring Trump.

Critics have accused him of siding with Russian Federation over his own country by failing to criticize Moscow for what US intelligence agencies a year ago described as Moscow's interference in the 2016 election in an attempt to sow discord, aid Trump's candidacy and disparage Trump's Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

The comment raises questions about the finding of the House Intelligence Committee Republican report on Russian Federation, which was released in April, which disputed the intelligence community's January 2017 assessment on Putin's intentions. "I think Liu He and others would like to move but haven't", Kudlow said.

Taking to Twitter early Wednesday, President Donald Trump defended anew his much-criticized performance at the Helsinki summit, promising "big results" from better relations with Russian Federation and hitting back at "haters". "But for the most part I don't see very many other people making that comparison". "There are lots of people out there".

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump's comments on Tuesday were another sign of weakness, particularly his statement that it "could be other people" responsible for the election meddling. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., the Senate's top Democrat.

President Donald Trump struggled Wednesday to contain the furor over his summit with Vladimir Putin, as he gave conflicting signals about whether he believes there are ongoing Russian threats to American elections.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters that Russian Federation was not a friend of the United States and warned against a repeat of election meddling in November's congressional elections. "It's really clear", he said.

"He just said it's not Russian Federation".

"I think that is what's going to be remembered from this week", he said.

Germany's Wirtschaftswoche magazine reported that the EU will consider introducing tariffs on USA coal, pharmaceuticals and chemical products if Trump imposes restrictions on European cars.

Even before the allegations of Russian meddling, tensions were high over Moscow's concerns about North Atlantic Treaty Organisation expansion, Russian annexation of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 and its military backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war.

Republican lawmakers also criticized Trump's comments in Helsinki and made clear they stand with USA intelligence agencies and European allies who suspect Russian Federation of trying to destabilize the West. "Can we have the translator come in and testify?"

Details of the actual meeting between Trump and Putin, however, were not available because there was only a translator in the room with them.

Putin has denied allegations of election interference.

The president - who regards the probe as an attack on his legitimacy - has dubbed it a "witch hunt", and again said Tuesday there were "no collusion at all".

Not all Republicans were angry with Trump's conduct in Helsinki.

Recently, while addressing media persons in London along with British PM Theresa May, Trump was quoted saying, "CNN is fake news".


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