IN politicians come to Coats' defense after Russian Federation summit — IN Focus

IN politicians come to Coats' defense after Russian Federation summit — IN Focus

That summit and a subsequent news conference with Putin touched off days of criticism after Trump challenged the US intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election and appeared to blame Washington for simmering tensions with Moscow.

Trump, in his press conference comments, also gave credence to Putin's denials of Russian efforts to subvert USA politics and did not stand up the contrary findings of his administration's top intelligence officials. "I and the entire intel community are committed to providing the best possible intelligence to inform and support President Trump's ongoing efforts to prevent Russian meddling in our upcoming elections, to build strong relationships internationally in order to maintain peace, denuclearize unsafe regimes and protect our nation and our allies", he added. Russian Federation expert and Pulitzer Prize winning author William Taubman joined Carrie Saldo for a break down the Helsinki summit.

As President Donald Trump found himself under pressure from his own party this past week, Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania reached for his shield.

Trump adds on the Putin meeting: "Also, we got along very well, which is a good thing, except for the Corrupt Media!"

Trump subsequently said he misspoke, but has not acknowledged that he repeatedly put the USA intelligence community's assessment and Putin's denials on the same footing.

Independents lean negative on Trump's handling of the summit overall, with 33 percent approving and 46 percent disapproving.

McLaughlin, citing Gallup polling, said that Russian Federation wasn't even on "the radar" for Americans.

Trump should disclose details of conversation with Putin, - ex-head of Central Intelligence Agency
Bush, he came to President Bush's home in Crawford, Texas. "Not only that, but I do believe they'll do so again in the future". Interested in Donald Trump? He added his administration will take "strong action" to secure the country's election process.

Clinton, who lost to Trump in the 2016 election, said the summit showed that "now we have Putin telling the world what was decided", while "we're hearing crickets from the White House".

But on Sunday, Trump took to Twitter and suggested that the subject of Russian election interference is "all a big hoax".

"You particularly need a note taker so that there can be no mistake about what was said", she said.

"Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory", McCain wrote last week.

Despite Trump's flip-flopping on this subject and continued flattery of Putin, it seems Republican voters are sticking with him.

"Hopefully something like that never happens again, but I think it's important though to focus on the policy, which ultimately is what matters", Rubio said. The State Department, by contrast, rejected the proposal - which Trump days earlier had called an "incredible offer - as "absurd".

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