Published: Fri, July 20, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Michael McFaul: Calling Putin 'sincere' suggests White House equating Americans with criminals

Michael McFaul: Calling Putin 'sincere' suggests White House equating Americans with criminals

U.S. opposition politicians are calling for Donald Trump's interpreter to testify before Congress about his summit talks with Vladimir Putin.

Among those surprised by the news, Coats, who got the news from MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell as she was interviewing him at the Aspen Security Forum, in Aspen, Colorado. "Problem is, when you complain you just give them more publicity".

Mr Trump has since done an about-face and said he meant to say he saw no reason why it "wouldn't" be Russian Federation, when he said that he saw no reason why it "would" be Russian Federation.

In a series of tweets, Trump said he's been tough on Russian Federation and has said numerous times in the past he believes the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 USA election.

Trump on Tuesday said he misspoke during the news conference. "I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed".

President Trump is still facing an uphill battle following his shocking remarks about Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, but the initial outrage is starting to wear off.

On Wednesday, Trump answered "no" to a reporter's question on whether Russian Federation was still targeting the United States, only to have Sanders say hours later he was saying "no" to answering any questions - not to the question itself. "I don't think he was prepared as well as he should have been".

Republicans and Democrats in Congress are seeking answers on what agreements Trump may have reached with Putin in their two-hour meeting on Monday in which they were accompanied only by their interpreters.

Earlier this week, Coats took the unusual step of issuing a public statement countering Trump's suggestion in Helsinki that Moscow was not responsible for meddling in the 2016 election.

Democrats argue that because she was the only other American official present in the room, Ms Gross can and should provide details of what the two presidents said to each other.

He singled out the "Fake News Media" as the real enemy of the people in a series of tweets in which he said Israel, Ukraine and peace in the Middle East would be discussed at the next meeting.

Mr Putin said Russian Federation wanted to question USA nationals the Kremlin accuses of "illegal actions".

Confusion over Mr Trump's position took another turn when he appeared to reject suggestions that Russian Federation might try again to influence American elections, prompting a hasty denial by the White House. That's what would have needed to happen for Putin to cooperate with Mueller's office.

Regardless of what the president ultimately believes, Coats said he himself feels a duty to stand by the findings of the intelligence community.

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