Expert analysis of the Trump-Putin meeting
- Author: Leroy Wright Jul 17, 2018,
Jul 17, 2018, 19:04
The president largely avoided criticism of Putin during a news conference following their meeting and, according to my colleagues, also refrained from bringing up uncomfortable details and accusations during their talks.
"If the Foreign Affairs of Financial Services committees and Senate Banking Committee think that there are other sanctions that we have not placed on Russia", Ryan said, "I am more than happy to consider those". "I have President Putin".
The best question for comedy but the worst for integrity was the reporter who asked Putin if Russian Federation had compromising material on Trump. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be", Trump said.
The next day, Mr. Brennan criticized the president for siding with Mr. Putin and throwing the US intelligence community "under the bus" rather than doing what was "minimally acceptable" by addressing the indictments.
When asked by a reporter whether he believed the various U.S. institutions that asserted Russian interference or Vladimir Putin, Trump did not provide a direct answer.
Trump also attacked special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, calling it "a disaster for our country". The charges were the first to tie such alleged criminal behavior directly to the Kremlin. It came just three days after 12 Russian intelligence officials were indicted in the USA for cyberattacks on the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.
"If your name is Vladimir Putin, then today was a very good day", Noah said on The Daily Show.
On the issue, Putin categorically denied any Russian involvement. But he was open about how he wanted the election to turn out. "He defends the interests of the United States of America, and I do defend the interests of the Russian Federation", Putin said.
But Trump did not see that motive in play.
As for Wallace's actual question - Putin's chalking it all up to random criminal activity while Russia's "statehood matures".
Trump called Putin "extremely strong and powerful" in his denial of Russian interference, and said he doesn't "see any reason why" Russian hackers would have gotten involved with a US election - despite the recent indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for that exact crime.
On Monday, Trump also resurrected several debunked conspiracy theories about his opponent Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party, called out an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent involved in the meddling probe by name and complained about media coverage. Where is the server?
That prompted House Speaker Paul Ryan, of the ruling Republican Party, to say that the president "must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally".
"What happened to the servers of the Pakistani gentleman that worked on the DNC?"
Democratic California Representative Jimmy Gomez charged: "To side with Putin over U.S. intelligence is disgusting; to fail to defend the United States is on the verge of treason".
The extraordinary news conference in Finland came four days after the Justice Department released an exceptionally detailed indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers, showing how they interfered in the campaign with precision by hacking the DNC and strategically releasing the Democrats' e-mails.