Trump invites Putin to United States for second meeting, stunning security boss

Jul 22, 2018, 00:46
Trump invites Putin to United States for second meeting, stunning security boss

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin leave a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018.

Less than a third of Americans approve of how President Donald Trump handled his summit Monday in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but nearly 70 percent of Republicans think he did a good job, a new poll found.

Trump sided with Putin over the United States intelligence community on the subject of Russian election interference during a press conference in Helsinki on Monday, only to walk back on his statements upon returning to the US.

"And it makes me think that either Trump doesn't understand what Russian Federation has done, not only to our elections, but to cyberattacks against all parts of our infrastructure".

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Putin critic, tweeted after the exchange that he'd have the ball checked for listening devices and "never allow it in the White House".

Trump on Wednesday again reignited the controversy when he replied "no" when asked if Russian Federation is still targeting the United States, directly contradicting the current Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

When Coats pushed back at Trump's Monday statements siding with Putin on election interference, senior aides were fearful he might quit, according to the Post.

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ReutersHomeland Security chief on Thursday questioned whether Russian Federation interfered in the United States presidential election to help President Donald Trump win, contradicting the assessment of the U.S. intelligence community.

On the eve of the meeting, Jennifer Horn, a onetime New Hampshire GOP chairwoman who previously served on the RNC's executive committee, called on the RNC to support a formal resolution, as it did after Charlottesville, to clarify the party's position on Putin and Russia's continued efforts to meddle in US elections.

Danielle McLaughlin: I expect large scale protests in Washington DC, should Putin accept Trump's invitation.

The report adds, "We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump".

The White House released a statement saying that Trump "disagrees" with Putin's proposal. Trump had viewed Porter as "an honest broker" who would "make sure" different opinions were being "faithfully presented to him".

Finally, as our week wound down, we learned (at the same time most of Trump's closest advisors did) that Trump had invited Putin to the White House this autumn.

He said it was "the president's prerogative" to keep his discussions with Putin to himself. "That's going to be special".

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Michael McFaul was the target of a smear campaign by Putin during his time in Russian Federation that accused him, among other things, of being a pedophile.

The Russian ambassador said Moscow is ready to discuss a proposed new meeting between Putin and Trump, Interfax said.

One official, asked if the reaction to Helsinki would be a more organized process, said this is often how the White House operates. That resolution had the support of Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake.

"That DNI Coats was surprised, and his fanciful reaction, is what is most alarming to people", the source said. For instance, when I served in the White House, under George W. Bush, he came to President Bush's home in Crawford, Texas.

Just last week, Trump told reporters in the U.K., "If we could develop a relationship which is good for Russian Federation, good for us, good for everybody, that would be great".

The US President wrote on the micro-blogging site, "I got severely criticized by the Fake News Media for being too nice to President Putin".

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