Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

POTUS Goes Twitter Bonkers: "Trump Recognized Russian Meddling MANY TIMES"

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin merge in Time's latest cover image TIME US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin merge in Time's latest cover image
Stacy Diaz | 19 July, 2018, 23:07

President Donald Trump initially called the offer "incredible", but on Thursday the White House said he "disagrees" with it.

"I don't see any reason why it would be", Trump said in Helsinki.

"It would be naive to think that problems that have been accumulating for years would be solved in a matter of hours".

The individuals are related to Russia's case against the financier Bill Browder, a fierce Putin critic who was instrumental in the United States imposing sanctions in 2012 on top Russian officials accused of corruption.

"We see that there are forces in the USA that are easily ready to sacrifice Russian-American relations for their own ambitions", Mr Putin said.

On Monday, while standing next to Putin in Helsinki, Trump questioned the unanimous conclusions of his own intelligence agencies and suggested Russian Federation was not responsible for the 2016 hack of the Democratic National Committee, a massive effort to spread "fake news" on social media, or other steps to interfere in American democracy.

"We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy", Coats wrote in a statement released after Trump appeared to side with Putin, rather than United States intelligence agencies, on who was to blame for the election interference.

"I think the best art can change people's perception of how they see how they are as human beings", she said.

Trump also accused the news media of trying to provoke a confrontation with Moscow that could lead to war, although concerns about the meeting have been raised by a broad cross-section of Republicans and Democrats.

On Thursday, Trump also claimed that numerous stories written about him are "total fiction" and that news outlets are seeking a "war" with Russian Federation. "We are doing MUCH better than any other country!" the U.S. president tweeted on Thursday.

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at their controversial joint press conference after their

In a similar tweet from Wednesday, Trump denounced these extreme characterizations of his summit with the Russian president.

Mr Trump appeared to disagree with U.S. intelligence when he responded "no" to a question about whether Russian Federation was still targeting American elections.

"I was just doing my job", Coats told NBC's Andrea Mitchell at the Aspen Security Forum in Denver Thursday. "We should have had this dialogue a long time ago". But on Tuesday, after facing harsh criticism (even from his own party) Trump seemed to backtrack on what he said.

During an interview with CBS News' Jeff Glor on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Trump said that he would consider Mr Putin personally responsible for any Russian interference.

Russian media has said McFaul was named as a "person of interest" in the ongoing investigation into Browder and related matters. "That was something that was probably China", Trump said, adding, "We have much hacking going on".

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said he asked two Senate panels to recommend additional action aimed at preventing future Russian election meddling and hold hearings on an existing Russia sanctions law. Experts, however, worry that it may not be continued when it comes up for renewal in 2020.

Hours earlier, ABC News reporter Cecilia Vega asked the president whether Russian Federation would still target American elections.

In rebutting Trump's dismissive comments about United States intelligence on Monday, Coats said, "We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

On Tuesday, Russia's defense ministry released a statement saying "it was ready for the practical implementation of the agreements" made between Putin and Trump at the summit, noting it wanted to discuss the New START treaty, interaction in Syria and other military issues.