Andy Harris praises Trump's Russian Federation summit, bashes press

by Garry Watts July 21, 2018, 0:37
Andy Harris praises Trump's Russian Federation summit, bashes press

President Donald Trump's supporters in the media faced a test Monday when they were forced to respond to the president's press conference in Helsinki, during which Trump, standing beside the Russian president, challenged the U.S. intelligence community's findings that the Russian government meddled in the 2016 U.S. election.

"So just to repeat it, I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't" and the sentence should have been - and I thought it would be maybe a little bit unclear on the transcript or unclear on the actual video - the sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation'". "The sentence should have been, ´I don´t see any reason why it wouldn´t be Russia.´ Sort of a double negative", he added - offering a laborious clarification that he repeated several times over.

While some of Trump's staunchest promoters defended his performance at the press conference, others broke from him.

"Russia is an adversary, and our intelligence agencies concluded that they meddled in the 2016 election", said Blackburn, who is running to succeed GOP Sen. Every US intelligence agency has concluded that Russian Federation did.

Trump added that he had "full faith and support" in U.S. intelligence agencies and as he repeated the remark, the lights in the room were suddenly dimmed off. "Whoops, they just turned off the lights".

Then came yet another interview, this one from one of his golf courses in Scotland, in which Trump categorized the European Union as a top geopolitical "foe".

Mr Wilson said as things stand, Republicans will be sticking with Mr Trump as their 2020 presidential candidate despite their differences with their leader.

Amid summit backlash, Trump calls for second meeting with Putin
Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has spent the week mounting a fierce defense of Trump's outreach to Putin, objected to a proposal from Sen. Coats, being the top US intelligence official that he is, of course reacted as if he hadn't been told a thing about it.

He didn't reverse other statements in which he gave clear credence to Putin's "extremely strong and powerful" denial of Russian involvement, raised doubts about his own intelligence agencies' conclusions and advanced discredited conspiracy theories about election meddling. I was clumsy in how I said it yesterday, because I didn't want to insult him. The network said the group also projected cartoons of Trump and Putin. "The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation'".

The president went on the defensive less than 24 hours after he was forced into a U-turn about the Putin summit, the most humiliating climbdown since Trump took office.

Today, he said he accepted that Russian Federation was involved in election meddling. "I think he's a very bad person".

Trump and Kim met last month in a historic summit last month.

In an interview with CNN's John Berman on "New Day" Tuesday morning, Rep. Joe Kennedy of MA said Congress should take action to subpoena the translator to testify if the White House did not release what happened in the meeting.

Flake said Tuesday the President threw "basically the whole country under the bus" with his comments and called it disgraceful and "shameful".

Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters.

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