Trump strikes back at critics of Helsinki summit with Putin

Sherman Parsons
July 18, 2018

"I will begin by stating that I have full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies, I always have", Mr. Trump said at the top of a meeting with members of Congress.

Trump also said he believes that Russian meddling took place in the 2016 presidential election, but that it did not change the election's outcome.

"You know, Russian Federation and the United States control 90% of the nuclear weapons in the world and getting along with Russian Federation - and not only for that reason - it's a good thing, not a bad thing", he said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said he concurred with U.S. intelligence assessments and added that "there is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals".

Trump, the first lady, Shine and Miller were seen in animated conversation aboard Marine One when they arrived to the White House South Lawn on Monday evening.

"I saw two leaders today who can agree with each other", Konstantin Kosachev, head of the foreign affairs committee of Russia's upper house of parliament, said on Rossiya-1.

Despite a televised interview and numerous postings to Twitter, Trump did not correct himself until 27 hours later. "I have President Putin; he just said it's not Russia", Trump said. John McCain (R-Ariz.) among them - as "people who hate the president". There are a lot of people out there.

His backtracking failed to quell the controversy.

In Helsinki, Putin said he had indeed wanted Trump to win the election - a revelation that might have made more headlines if not for Trump's performance - but had taken no action to make it happen. "Maybe (Trump) will be told that he was not hard enough on Putin, could not get Putin to admit interference in the election, that he did not rigidly defend the American point of view on questions about Syria and Ukraine".

"We stand by our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and all those countries who are facing Russian aggression", Ryan said.

"The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally", Ryan said.

"I have confidence in both parties".

Kensington Palace has released Prince Louis's christening photos and OMG, how stunning
One of the snaps shows them surrounded by Prince Charles , Camilla , Kate's family and Prince Harry and Meghan . The following day the Queen, alongside other members of the royal family, attended the RAF centenary in London.

US President Trump has 'low expectations' for Putin meeting
Turning one of Trump's derisive comments back at the president, Tusk said that "whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news ". Trump told CBS News that he's going into the Helsinki summit with " low expectations ". "I'm not going with high expectations".

Donald Trump's Brexit advice to Theresa May
He is then due to spend two days at golf courses he owns in Scotland before travelling to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin . In his interview with The Sun , President Trump said: "I predicted Brexit ".

House Speaker Paul Ryan, who called Russia's government "menacing", said he would consider additional sanctions on Russian Federation and reiterated his support for USA intelligence findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.

Congress overwhelmingly passed a sanctions law past year targeting Moscow for election meddling and for its actions in Ukraine and Syria.

Even before the allegations of Russian meddling, tensions were high over Moscow's concerns about North Atlantic Treaty Organisation expansion, Russian annexation of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 and its military backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war.

"We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security".

"We're trying to figure out what would be an appropriate way to push back", Corker told reporters.

Before he arrived, Trump denounced the US news media as the "enemy of the people", despite constitutional protections for freedom of the press.

"Thanks to many years of USA foolishness and stupidity": Vladimir Putin seized Crimea, sponsored a proxy war in Ukraine, murdered Russian journalists, poisoned former Russian intelligence agents in the United Kingdom, gutted his country's fledgling democratic institutions, and propped up a Syrian leader who used chemical weapons repeatedly on his own people-all because of us.

The push for a hearing reflects a growing Republican backlash against Trump after his closed-door meeting with Putin and a stormy press conference where he sided with the Russian leader and discounted the USA intelligence community's findings on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Despite being criticized within the USA for being friendly towards Russian Federation, the Trump administration has slapped more sanctions on Moscow.

Trump has denied collusion and casts Mueller's probe as a witch hunt that aims to detract from his election victory.

In fact, the reaction back home has been immediate and visceral, among fellow Republicans as well as usual Trump critics.

Six Democrats sent a letter to Trump on Tuesday saying Americans "have a right to know" what the two leaders discussed during their closed-door meeting on Monday in Helsinki, Finland.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article