Asked if he believed United States intelligence agencies, which concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election in an effort to help him defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump said he was not convinced it was Moscow. Lisa Murkowski says Trump “ultimately validated Putin at the expense of American intelligence by giving credence to Putin’s claim to have not interfered in our elections”.
The American president said it is a “shame” there is a cloud over his administration, but said he ran a “brilliant campaign and that’s why I’m president”.
“This was not the plan”, a U.S. official directly involved in planning the Helsinki summit between the leaders told CNN.
A person was removed from a briefing room for the press conference between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki just before it was set to begin on Monday.
Mr Trump added they had discussed disagreements between their countries “at length”, and accepted that relations between them have never been worse.
Mr Putin added that other issues that Russian Federation would like to discuss in the arms control sphere are the U.S. missile defence plans and the weaponisation of space.
The entire United States intelligence community has concluded that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election but Mr Putin has vehemently denied the allegations.
Yet most Russians aren’t saying Putin vanquished Trump.
Crapo introduced the bill “in response to Russia’s violation of the territorial integrity of the Ukraine and Crimea, its brazen cyberattacks and interference in elections, and its continuing aggression in Syria”, he said Monday. And he found 81 times in which the USA intervened in elections and about 36 times in the Soviet Union.
The Trump-Putin summit, said Colbert, “was so weird, so disturbing it’s really upset people across the partisan divide in ways I have not seen in years”.
“Having been twinned with Donald Trump by the media for a long time, Putin has now clearly made a decision to cast his lot with him”, said Dmitry Trenin, a former colonel in the Russian army who is now director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, a think tank.
The criticism of the president grew as he flew back to America.
Soon the head of the U.S. intelligence agencies and a Trump appointee issued a statement reiterating that Russians interfered in the 2016 presidential elections. Reporters Without Borders notes Trump’s “attempt [s] to block White House access to multiple media outlets” and his “call [s] for revoking certain media outlets’ broadcasting licenses”.
“It’s a very full interview and I think you get a real insight into Putin’s personality”, said Wallace. And while he denied ordering the election interference, he did, for the first time, acknowledge he had a preference in the 2016 race.
“I beat Hillary Clinton easily and frankly we beat her…” “If the Russians didn’t write Trump’s talking points, how could you tell?” a former intelligence agency chief remarked to Rick Wilson at the Daily Beast.
The summit capped a trip overseas during which Trump accused North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies of failing to spend enough on their militaries and embarrassed British Prime Minister Theresa May by saying she refused to take his advice about how to negotiate Britain’s exit from the EU. Lemire asked Mr Trump.
Trump’s behavior unnerved a lot of people but especially former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, who tweeted that Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki “rises to & exceeds the threshold of high crimes & misdemeanors”. He says measures must be taken to prevent future meddling and to hold Russian Federation accountable.