Trump Leaves GOP, Intelligence Community and Allies in the Hot Seat
- Author: Julie Sanders Jul 17, 2018,
Jul 17, 2018, 6:47
Asked if he trusted USA intelligence agencies which concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election, he said he had been told by his CIA chief that it was Russian Federation, but that he saw no reason to believe it.
"My people came to me ... they said they think it's Russia", Trump said. But, he tweeted: 'I never would have thought that the US President would become one of the ones getting played by old KGB hands'.
Dismissing the claims as "sheer nonsense", Mr Putin said he had not been aware of Mr Trump's visit to Moscow a few years before his 2016 election.
The president sees Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, which Trump calls a "witch hunt", as a potential hurdle between the U.S. and Russian Federation. "All the more as the United States will host the World Cup in 2026". In other words, the attack, and the conspiracy against the United States, is ongoing.
"We don't have anything on them, and there can't be anything on them", he said.
It's a "disaster for our country", Trump added. He's "colluding" in our faces.
Others with connections to Utah, including the daughters of U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr., sharply criticized Trump.
Putin again denied that Moscow ever interfered in the 2016 US election and proposed an "expert council" to improve relations between the countries. Armed with those indictments, Trump could have forcefully confronted Putin.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (California) once again repeated the Democrat line that Putin must be dangling something over Trump's head, saying that only blackmail could explain his "refusal to stand up to Putin". Then the U.S. president tossed the ball to his wife Melania, sitting in the front row.
- Putin admitted he supported Trump in the election.
That supposed bafflement about motive came even though Putin had just acknowledged he had wanted Trump to win "because he was the one who wanted to normalize relations with Russian Federation".
The Russian president also rejected allegations that Moscow has collected compromising material on Mr Trump or his family. That includes Russia's military incursions into Ukraine and Syria, the Iranian presence in Syria, Russian hostility toward USA allies, and renewing worldwide arms control treaties. To Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, it was something not seen "in the entire history of our country".
"I think it's kept us apart, it's kept us separated". "We've all been foolish".
You have groups that are wondering why the Federal Bureau of Investigation never took the server. "We have both made some mistakes". I've been wondering that.
"I don't have anything quippy to tweet", wrote the younger McCain. Where is the server?
Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford said he trusts USA intelligence teams "more than I trust a former KGB agent, Vladimir Putin".
Yet while Trump's remarks drew criticism in both parties, the reaction was more muted from the Republican side. I really believe that. This was a reference to emails that showed some DNC officials favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders.
In a later interview with Fox News, Mr Putin said it was "utterly ridiculous" that some people thought Russian Federation could have influenced the USA elections. And a good competitor he is.
In retrospect, I don't know what I was thinking.
The press conference also touched briefly on policy issues, such as Syria and trade. They were transferred to the United States. Specifically he said he wanted to get refugees "some form of shelter on a humanitarian basis". This also happens to be exactly what Iran wants, and will give Assad more room to brutalize on his own people.
Chuck Hagel, a former senator and defense secretary, said that Trump "failed America" in the press conference. "The nuclear problem we have to make sure, we have to be very careful".
Great. Russian oligarchy is colonizing America.
Asked if there was anything he thinks Russian Federation should take responsibility for, Trump said: 'We're all to blame'.