White House, officials clash over Putin's probe offer

by Abel Hampton July 20, 2018, 17:43
White House, officials clash over Putin's probe offer

While repeating his attacks on the FBI, Justice Department and Clinton, Trump also said that he did not "see any reason why it would be" Russian Federation who interfered in the 2016 election.

Faced with outrage at home, Trump said Tuesday that he accepted the intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation had meddled in the election.

State Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) called for the removal of the president from office in an op-ed published online Wednesday by the Texas Tribune.

"I was one of the only Republican elected officials in the country to plead with the American voters to abandon this charlatan prior to his election".

"He likes President Xi, he likes Erdogan - who I think is the most risky guy in the world", Bannon said, referring to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

But Trump stopped short of alleging Putin was dishonest and said he did not "want to get into whether or not he's lying".

But when Trump's answer on Wednesday immediately spawned a new round of news reports suggesting a president at odds with his intelligence advisers, and partial to Russian Federation, the White House was forced to restart damage control efforts that began after his widely panned performance at a summit with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday.

He declined to answer whether Putin - who adamantly denies Moscow interfered with the US election - is lying, however.

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Hours after President Donald Trump seemingly claimed Russian Federation was no longer targeting the US, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders sought to clarify that statement. "There's a lot of people out there".

"Very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling, we can't have any of that", Trump answered when asked by CBS News on Tuesday what he told Putin in Helsinki regarding reports about Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The exchange happened when reporters were being ushered from a White House cabinet meeting photo op, which typically triggered shouting-out of questions. However, Trump was later criticized for his insufficiently tough stance on Russia's alleged intervention in the 2016 United States presidential election.

A USA diplomat, who wished not to be named, told the Daily Beast that President Trump is nothing but a "p*ssy". Not, once, but twice, Trump said "no".

Putin has denied allegations of election interference.

He clarified his position the following day in a major u-turn by stating he did support the U.S. intelligence agencies after a public backlash. Montenegro is a tiny country with very strong people. "They are in some cases contract folks", Corker told reporters.

"This kind of effort should be a mutual one", Putin said. Trump met North Korea's Kim Jong Un in June and has since received a letter from Kim expressing hope for "practical actions" in the future as the United States seeking Pyongyang's denuclearisation.

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