Trump backs Putin on election meddling

by Garry Watts July 18, 2018, 0:17
Trump backs Putin on election meddling

Donald and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a joint press conference after their summit in Helsinki, Finland.

The top Democrats on Capitol Hill responded to President Donald Trump siding with Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence agenices by saying more forcefully the Russian president might have compromising information about him.

Trump on his intelligence officials: "They said they think it's Russian Federation".

Cooper later said it was embarrassing and compared the way Trump repeatedly brings up the issue of former opponent Hillary Clinton's e-mails to something the autistic lead character in the movie "Rain Man" might do.

"I guess that this performance will provoke a storm in the United States and the question is whether he will be able to stand up to that and still commit to what they discussed or not", Lukyanov said. "We made the same case when I was in Moscow a couple weeks ago". He defended Trump's skepticism to CBS News Tuesday citing the president's experience on the receiving end of "partisan investigations".

U.S. Rep. Kirsten Sinema (D-Arizona), who is running for the seat Flake is vacating, issued a statement saying she was "highly disturbed" by Trump's comments. "Russia has conducted a coordinated cyberattack on state election systems, and hacked critical infrastructure".

When asked if Trump believed his own intelligence agencies or the Russian president when it came to the allegations of meddling in the election, the US president shocked the media with his response.

Instead, at a press conference after his highly anticipated summit with Putin, Trump took a number of shots at the law enforcement officials investigating his campaign and even at his own intelligence agencies, which have concluded that Russian Federation was behind the effort. These were the deliberate choices of a president who seems determined to realize his delusions of a warm relationship with Putin's regime without any regard for the true nature of his rule, his violent disregard for the sovereignty of his neighbors, his complicity in the slaughter of the Syrian people, his violation of worldwide treaties, and his assault on democratic institutions throughout the world. "They should not expect, however, to be misrepresented and abandoned by the president of the United States".

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Special counsel Robert Mueller shed light on that question last week with an indictment against 12 Russian military intelligence officers, alleging a sweeping conspiracy to interfere in the election. "Russian Federation attempted to undermine the fundamentals of our democracy, impugn the reliability of the 2016 election, and sow the seeds of discord among Americans", Gowdy said in a statement.

"Thank you very much", Trump replied.

"It has had a negative impact upon the relationship between of two largest nuclear powers in the world".

The list goes on with more Fox News staffers bashing Trump's performance.

However, Lukyanov said that beyond those areas he had doubts that Trump would be able to hold to a course of more fundamental change in the U.S. -Russia relationship, noting that proposals that came out of Trump's first meeting with Putin in Germany past year collapsed nearly immediately.

"I am asking Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan. make sure these four things are done", he said. Ryan said Russian Federation "remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals".

Even Trump's sometimes ally Sen. He was responding to Putin's assertion Monday that Russian Federation "never interfered" in the 2016 election. In a statement, Schumer said that Trump's behavior leaves "a single, ominous question ... over the White House".

Brett Baier, who hosts Special Report, wondered how exactly the summit might improve United States interests and brought up the Republican lawmakers who were putting out statements against the summit, such as Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) and Jeff Flake (R-Arizona).

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