Friday, 16 November, 2018

Trump Drags Sessions Into His Meltdown Over Russian Meddling

A viral Russian video featuring a family forced to house a gay man urged voters to the polls A viral Russian video featuring a family forced to house a gay man urged voters to the polls
Melinda Barton | 22 February, 2018, 14:05

Trump's Cabinet, however, has forcefully spoken out against Russian Federation.

President Donald Trump says he's been "much tougher" on Russian Federation than his predecessor - but his evidence remains scant at best.

President Donald Trump is once again going after Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Twitter, demanding to know why the Justice Department has not done more to investigate President Obama. Obama ordered 35 Russian diplomats and suspected intelligence agents to leave the United States, and he also imposed sanctions on some Russian individuals and organizations.

Highlighting one potentially far-reaching step, a senior administration official said they have already warned governments around the world that they could face sanctions for "significant transactions" with the Russian military.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump on Tuesday, saying the president "hasn't said that Russian Federation didn't meddle, what he's saying is it didn't have an impact, and it certainly wasn't with help from the Trump campaign".

Trump has offered to turn things around with Putin on issues like fighting terrorism, but Congress has had other ideas.

Obama confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in China in 2016, something Trump has yet to forcefully do in meetings with the Russian leader.

Her defense comes days after special counsel Robert Mueller released a detailed indictment against 13 Russian nationals for allegedly interfering in the 2016 U.S. election.

"The Russians did not see that coming" said the first official, adding, "which is an absolute bloody miracle frankly" given reporting before a decision was made.

Trump later sent out an updated version of the tweet with the correct spelling of Sessions' name. "It's also very clear that it didn't have an impact on the election, and it's also very clear that the Trump campaign didn't collude with the Russians in any way for this process to take place".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tried to finesse a weekend tweet from President Donald Trump blaming the FBI's Russian Federation investigation for missing a tip about the Florida shooting, saying the agency should not focus on a "hoax in terms of investigating the Trump campaign". Tough on Russian Federation, indeed.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's surprise indictment last week in his wide-ranging Russian Federation investigation sounded a fresh alarm to the USA government, social media companies and state election officials who are readying for the 2018 midterms.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday that President Donald Trump is not directly blaming the Federal Bureau of Investigation for last week's deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., despite a tweet suggesting otherwise.