Finnish Newspaper Greets Trump and Putin With Billboards Defending 'Free Press'
- Author: Julie Sanders Jul 16, 2018,
Jul 16, 2018, 22:48
Putin said he had no knowledge of Trump's past business trips to Russian Federation when they were happening and that he could not keep track of or monitor every single person who traveled to his country.
"In 25 yrs of working counterintel for this government, I never thought that I would sit here and watch a U.S. president castigate and denigrate the U.S. Intelligence Community... standing alongside the leader of an adversarial country", Frank Figliuzzi, the former assistant director for counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said on MSNBC following the press conference.
'We have 90% of the nuclear, and that's not a good thing, it's a bad thing.
When asked directly on Monday if he held Russian Federation "accountable for anything", Trump said he held "both countries responsible", echoing language he used after hostilities broke out a year ago when white nationalists rallied in Virginia.
Hundreds of people also marched through the streets of the Finnish capital, demonstrating against Trump and Putin's presence in the country.
Russian Federation on the National Security Council, will attend the extended meeting, according to White House officials.
"I beat Hillary Clinton easily and frankly we beat her..."
Trump adds that relations between the USA and Russian Federation have never been worse.
In some of the strongest words yet reflecting the unease of Washington's traditional allies, Germany's foreign minister said on Monday Europe could no longer rely on the United States.
Trump added that "creating safety for Israel is something both Putin and I would like to see very much".
They also expect Trump to bring up Russia's incursion into Ukraine and the allegations of Russian meddling in the election.
Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, has continually sounded the alarm that Russian Federation will look to also interfere with the USA midterm elections in 2018.
Trump's conciliatory tone towards Putin is a stark contrast to his combative attitude at last week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, highlighting once again the president's transactional approach to foreign policy.
"The fact that we're having a summit at this level, at this time in history, is a deliverable in itself", he said.
Axios said Trump snapped on Putin in a phone call, saying that if he wanted an arms race, the United States would beat him.
The drama between Trump and Putin will play out at the imposing 19th Century presidential palace in Helsinki from about 6:00 a.m. The joint news conference ended the meetings. "The president hopes that a meeting can help reduce tensions and lead to constructive engagement that improves peace and security around the world".
"We know that Trump doesn't do a lot of prep work for these meetings". Instead, Putin landed in Helsinki nearly an hour behind schedule leaving Trump waiting to start the drive to their meeting.
Subsequently, former CIA Director John Brennan said Trump's behavior during the press conference was "nothing short of treasonous".