Published: Fri, July 20, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

President Trump took Russia's side against his own country

President Trump took Russia's side against his own country

American intelligence agencies previous year announced their conclusion that Russian Federation carried out a campaign of hacking and propaganda targeting the 2016 USA election in an attempt to sow discord, disparage Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and aid Trump's candidacy. When asked the question Wednesday, he answered "no", a reply that put him sharply at odds with recent public warnings from his own intelligence chief.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is scheduled to meet with Mr Trump at the White House next Wednesday to discuss trade and other issues.

"I don't want to get into whether or not he's lying", Trump said. "And I don't think he's going to lose that core part of his base that was responsible for him winning the primary, that propelled him to winning the general election".

President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that Russian Federation is no longer targeting the United States, contradicting his top intelligence official who said the opposite earlier this week.

CNN's Erin Burnett said Trump was making a "dog ate my homework" alibi, adding: "How stupid does Trump think we Americans are?"

That's a change from Trump's initial upbeat description of his meeting with Russia's president.

Senator Lindsey Graham, of SC, a leading Republican foreign policy voice, said he spoke with Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats on Wednesday afternoon about continued Russian efforts to target the United States.

But at a later news briefing, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the president was saying "no" to answering questions, not to the question itself.

"The president is wrong", Sen.

Trump has had a tense relationship with USA intelligence agencies since before he was elected - largely due to their conclusion that Putin ordered "an influence campaign" in 2016 aimed at helping the Trump campaign and harming his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. "Walk this back too".

First, the president declined to back USA intelligence community findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election, instead siding with Putin's denial.

These remarks came in an interview to CBS News even as his aides were putting out another fire, clarifying that Trump hadn't said that Russian Federation was not targeting the United States anymore. Ha had tweeted a half-dozen times and sat for two television interviews since the Putin news conference, before correcting his remarks the next day. And the scripted cleanup pertained only to the least defensible of his comments. And so Putin and his guys only had the weekend to try to sort of figure out how do they deal with that. He cited US sanctions and the expulsion of alleged Russian spies from the USA, telling reporters that Putin "understands it, and he's not happy about it".

The composite image, by visual artist Nancy Burson, is meant to represent this particular moment in US foreign policy, following the pair's recent meeting in Helsinki, Finland.

People want to see President Donald Trump's tax returns after his widely-panned summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"My money is on the latter two", they said. "But no one expected that", Mr Putin said. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who heads up the GOP's campaign arm. "The system is blinking" and that "today, the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack".

Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, called Trump a "traitor" at Tuesday's protest in front of the White House.

"There was some conversation about it, but there wasn't a commitment made on behalf of the United States", Sanders said. -Russian relations, a US judge on Wednesday ordered Maria Butina, an accused Russian agent, jailed until her trial after American prosecutors argued she has ties to Russian intelligence and could flee the United States. But even that largely symbolic measure was blocked party-line by Republicans.

I have tremendous faith in Dan Coats, and if he says that, I would accept that. Not all. And I have to say this, some of the most honourable people I know, some great people, are reporters, journalists.

It comes amid a flurry of criticism over his recent comments about Russian Federation.

Trump's comments Wednesday morning set off a new round of criticism from lawmakers in both parties. "In fact, they never stopped".

He also lashed out at Europe and US-dominated North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, saying Russian Federation would hit back with an "equivalent response" to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation bases near Russia's borders and other "aggressive steps".

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