Trump backs down, says he misspoke on Russia meddling

19 July, 2018, 09:45 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Putin pets his poodle at the Helsinki summit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is standing firm in his condemnation of Vladimir Putin despite U.S. President Donald Trump's warm words for the Russian president this week. "However, as far as nuclear disarmament and other military issues go, Russian Federation may be useful to the U.S., particularly in resolving regional crises, and this is what Trump sees as a basis for negotiations and agreements", Fabbri said.

"A moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation not only defies reason and history, it undermines our national integrity and impairs our global credibility".

Cotton went on to say that these are not the actions of "a friend, an ally, or merely a nation with aligned interests".

But at the other end of the Twitter scale was former CIA Director John Brennan, calling it "nothing short of treasonous".

According to one person familiar with the planning who spoke to the Post, Trump's behavior during the press conference with Putin was "very much counter to the plan". "But I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today".

Referring to the Skripal case, Mr Putin said: "We would like to get at least some sort of a document, evidence about it".

Some US politicians had called for the summit to be cancelled after 12 Russian military intelligence agents were indicted last week, accused of hacking Hillary Clinton's election campaign.


After all, that was the ultimate goal of Russia's election meddling, USA officials have assessed.

At the news conference Monday, a reporter for The Associated Press asked Putin directly if he had incriminating material on President Trump.

"In the history of our country, Americans have never seen a president of the United States support an adversary in the way Trump supported President Putin".

Schwarzenegger hit out at Trump for using the news conference to sell out the American intelligence community, justice system and the country.

Kimmel said Trump met with his "KGBFF, Vladimir Putin".

Perhaps as a repsonse to his critics, Trump later in the day tweeted that he has great confidence in his intelligence people, but "to build a brighter future we can not exclusively focus on the past". Greater also than the need to support North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and its mission to hold Putin accountable. Trump has previously suggested that he might formally recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea, which would constitute an enormous win for Putin.

"Even before the election he was like a scared child, afraid to criticize Vladimir Putin", said Scarborough.

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