Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump, after Helsinki summit, says he has confidence in US intelligence

Trump, after Helsinki summit, says he has confidence in US intelligence

Russian President Vladimir Putin denied possessing compromising information about President Trump and insisted Russia had no part in meddling in the 2016 USA election during a contentious interview with Fox News' Chris Wallace following a meeting between the two world leaders in Helsinki, Finland.

Republican senator Jeff Flake, who is no friend of Trump's, went further on Twitter. "Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of USA foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!" Bob Corker of Tennessee.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told CNN Monday that talks have begun on the Hill to put forth a measure in support of the intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 elections.

Trump's remarks have drawn fire from Democrats and Republican critics in Congress.

Asked if he believed USA intelligence agencies, which concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election to help him defeat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, he said he was not convinced.

President Trump told the press: "I think we have great opportunities together as two countries that frankly have not been getting along very well over the last number of years".

If there was a bright side, it's this: It might be the only way for some Americans to understand just how alarmed they should be about their president's perspective on Russian Federation.

"I have been saying, getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing not a bad one and I really think the world wants to see us get along". As the director of national intelligence Dan Coates said last week, the Russian threat to America's digital infrastructure is now at the same level - "blinking red" - as the warnings of a terror attack before September 11.

The issue: Mr Trump's seeming acceptance of a denial from Mr Putin of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election - and criticism of his own U.S. intelligence agencies.

Trump said that the investigation had driven relations between the two countries to a historic low, but that the meeting with Putin had improved their relationship. "I think that the United States now has stepped forward along with Russian Federation, and we're getting together and we have a chance to do some great things, whether it's nuclear proliferation in terms of stopping - you have to do it, ultimately that's probably the most important thing that we could be working on".

The war hero and former Republican presidential nominee said Trump "failed to defend all that makes us who we are - a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and overseas".

Mr Coat's predecessor, James Clapper, called Mr Trump's acquiescence to Mr Putin "an incredible capitulation", while former Central Intelligence Agency chief John Brennan labelled it "nothing short of treasonous".

Trump's comments on Monday are fueling questions about whether Coats should continue to serve in his current role as DNI. Brennan wondered, "Republican Patriots: Where are you???"

"It's the internal political games of the United States". "I think it is the terrorist groups who are to blame who destabilized the situation in the country".

President Donald Trump says Russian President Vladimir Putin made an "incredible offer" to allow Russian and USA investigators to work together on allegations of Russian cyber attacks.

"No compromises", Hopko said at the Atlantic Council event. In Helsinki, however, Trump was determined to accentuate the positive, as was Putin. And it came at the end of an extraordinary trip to Europe in which Trump had already berated allies, questioned the value of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance and demeaned leaders including Germany's Angela Merkel and Britain's Theresa May.

Trump's comments at the news conference with Putin drew criticism from across the partisan spectrum, with Democrats and Republicans alike condemning the USA president's unwillingness to say whether the Russians sought to interfere in the 2016 election, despite the consensus of the US intelligence community.

At the news conference, Trump was invited by reporters to offer any criticism of Russian Federation, but he repeatedly declined. "But what president trump said afterwards, and his refusal to accept the fact that Russian Federation interfered in our 2016 election, is alarming, embarrassing and unacceptable".

Of course dialogue between Russian Federation and the United States - on Syria, nuclear disarmament, Iran, Crimea and others matters - is desirable, even essential. However, that changed as of about four hours ago. Spokespeople for the Justice Department and Mueller declined to comment on Trump's comments or on Putin's purported offers for assistance.

Trump also dismissed the idea in his interview with Hannity, adding, "If they had it, it would have been out". He will take advantage of Trump.

"Most nations who have the ability to interfere in elections do", Paul said.

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