Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

United States intelligence chief says no disrespect intended toward Trump

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Melinda Barton | 22 July, 2018, 15:15

Butina has been accused of working with a high-powered Russian official and two unidentified U.S. citizens, trying to infiltrate the National Rifle Association and influence United States policy toward Russia.

A incredible lack of communication within the Trump administration has become apparent in the wake of President Trump's meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Monday. "Why is that?" Carlson asked Trump.

The former secretary of state also hit Trump for attempting to work with Putin, saying that "anybody that believes in freedom gets along with [Putin]". He was angry at the two American reporters, including one from The Associated Press, who asked questions at the Helsinki news conference.

Trump, in an interview on Fox News, appeared to cast doubt on his willingness to defend the country, calling the people of Montenegro "strong" and "aggressive", suggesting that its aggressiveness could draw the USA into World War III due to the NATO's mutual security clause enshrined in Article 5 of the NATO treaty. They're very aggressive people.

"We have no intentions whatsoever to start World War III, we are too small for that", Montenegro Foreign Minister Srdjan Darmanovic tells CNN in an interview published today. "But that's the way it was set up". "Add that to your little equation on Montenegro".

"Our collective defense clause, Article 5, is unconditional and iron-clad".

And who you calling "very aggressive", Mr. President? And Montenegro, a small Balkan nation southwest of Serbia, is considered particularly vulnerable. Susan Collins of ME said of Trump's one-word response.

However, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was less understanding, saying Monday that his country "can no longer rely" on the U.S.

Trump decided Thursday morning to have national security adviser John Bolton schedule a second summit and officially invite Putin to visit, The Washington Post has reported.

"Why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack?"

The US government in recent months delivered Javelin anti-tank missiles to the Ukraine, a move met with resounding approval by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Whether or not it was intentional, singling out Montenegro was a curious choice for both Carlson and Trump. No Russian leader has visited the White House in almost a decade. On Tuesday, he attempted to clarify his position, saying he believed U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian Federation meddled in the election, then adding it could be "other people also". Some within the Montenegro government at the time accused Russian Federation of trying to subvert its membership by backing an internal coup. She said Trump was saying "no" to answering additional questions - although that didn't appear to be the case because he elaborated on Russian Federation. "Their [security] services were in touch with politicians, with the Orthodox Church, with NGOs, with some media outlets".

Trump in the interview also re-asserted his frequent criticisms of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies for failing to meet a spending target of two per cent of a country's economic output. But given his controversially warm attitude towards Putin as of late, experts are questioning whether Trump is merely saber-rattling or could truly do away with a decades-old cornerstone of worldwide relations.

Sanders later said his comment was misinterpreted. Nevertheless, I think that we have opened a way towards positive change.