Trump can’t keep Putin story straight
- Author: Joanne Flowers Jul 19, 2018,
Jul 19, 2018, 18:00
She said Trump was answering "no" to reporters' requests to ask questions - not to whether he believes Russian Federation is still targeting the United States. "Putin's acknowledgement that his counterpart [U.S. President Donald Trump] does not recognize the annexation of Crimea is also important", she wrote on Facebook. Though Robert Mueller's Russia investigation had just turned in 12 indictments against Russian military officers days earlier for stealing emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign, Trump demurred at the idea that Russia is an enemy of the United States, Newsweek noted.
That's left Coats in a tight spot.
For the third straight day, President Trump cast doubt on whether he views Russian Federation as a threat, despite warnings from his own government that Moscow continues to target the United States with hostile actions.
A few hours earlier, Trump had answered "no" when asked if the longtime US foe was still targeting American elections.
He urged Trump to explain the discrepancy between his own statement and Coats's warning.
Dori could not believe the stumbling on the president's part, calling it "beyond credulity" that Trump's PR experts could not have come up with anything better than "ridiculously trying to flip-flop" on the previous day's comments.
"I can't answer on behalf of the White House", Nauert said.
The interview came after Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki on Monday and his shifting statements on whether he agreed with the findings of USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election. But on Wednesday he struck a more defiant tone, insisting that no other president has ever been tougher on Moscow.
Browder was a driving force behind a United States law targeting Russian officials over human rights abuses. As Putin looked on beside him, Trump said, "I have President Putin; he just said it's not Russian Federation".
What I said on the air yesterday is that when the president makes a mistake or inflammatory comment, it may be a 10-but then the media often go to 11, or 13.
"Well, I'd accept it". This is what he does.
"We're doing very well, probably as well as anybody has ever done with Russian Federation".
To a question about that assessment, the president told the CBS News interviewer: "I have said that numerous times before, and I would say that is true, yeah". "Very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling, we can't have any of that", Trump said.
Republican Senator John McCain accused Trump of "playing right into Putin's hands" with the president's comments in a Fox News interview on Tuesday that appeared to question the American commitment to defend all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. "I think today most people are more concerned with taking care of their families". "The intelligence community has been going after him for two years".
Late last week at a Washington, D.C., think tank, Coats was even more blunt than he was in his statement Monday, according to CNBC.
"We need to be working feverishly here to harden our defenses", said U.S. Sen. He just said it's not Russian Federation. Trump has faced criticism from both Democrats and Republicans about his handling of the Helsinki summit with Putin on Monday.
At the Helsinki news conference, Putin was asked about whether the Russian government had any compromising evidence on Trump or his family.