Putin brushes aside suggestion he has compromising information on Donald Trump

18 July, 2018, 12:04 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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Mr Trump told reporters at the White House that he had full faith and support for USA intelligence agencies and accepted their conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the election.

Donald Trump has backtracked on his claim that he "didn't see any reason" why Russian Federation would be involved in U.S. election meddling. "We thought yesterday was the craziest day of this ridiculous presidency".

In a tweet, Mr Trump alluded to last week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, which ended with him saying he had secured extra money for defence - something disputed by allies in the Western military alliance.

-Russian relations. Trump also questioned USA intelligence assessments that Moscow tried to influence the 2016 presidential election, saying Putin had denied such efforts in "strong and powerful" terms.

"Our nation must never tolerate a Russian autocrat that seeks to interfere in our elections".

Speculation has centered on whether Russian intelligence agents gathered incriminating information about Trump when he visited Russia for a Miss Universe pageant in 2013.

The Arizona Republican says the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki was "a tragic mistake".

Mr Ryan had added that Congress would make sure they were not able to "get away with (election meddling) again". "And I think we're all to blame".

Putin blamed what he described as the "political games" of the United States for the timing of U.S. Justice Department indictments filed last week against a dozen Russian intelligence officials for meddling in the election.

In February, Coats, then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo, FBI Director Christopher Wray and National Security Agency Director Adm. "That must be the intelligence agencies".

"First of all, he said there was no collusion whatsoever", POTUS said, turning to look directly at the camera and putting on his I'm Surrounded By Idiots In Washington face.

"As our intelligence agencies have informed us, Russian Federation tried to interfere in our elections and the elections of our allies across the globe".

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said there was no doubt Russian Federation had meddled in United States elections and that Mr Putin "does not share our values".

On Tuesday, after he arrived back in the US, Trump told reporters at the White House that he misspoke at the summit.

Mr Trump's former communications director Anthony Scaramucci told CNN the "optics are bad" and "he has to reverse course immediately".

At the summit, Mr Putin again denied meddling in the United States election, and in a later interview dismissed longstanding reports that Russian intelligence may hold compromising material on Mr Trump.

Trump's remarks have drawn widespread criticism from Democrats and Republicans.



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