Putin Accuses 'Powerful' US Forces of Trying to Derail Trump Summit Success

Pearl Mccarthy
July 20, 2018

"I totally disagree", Trump said when asked former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had termed it "the most serious mistake in your presidency".

The president's assertion would conflict with a statement issued Monday by National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, who said Russian Federation has "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

"I had a chance to speak with the president after his comments, and the president was - said, "Thank you very much, ' and was saying 'no" to answering questions, " Sanders said.

One such opportunity is what Trump termed an "incredible offer" from Putin to allow the USA access to Russians accused of election hacking and other interference.

The suggestion that the United States would hand over a former ambassador to Russian Federation caused deep disquiet in Washington.

He appeared to respond again: "No".

On Tuesday, he delivered a scripted statement to "clarify" - his word - his public doubting of US intelligence findings of Russian interference in the election to harm his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

"We will see how things develop further", Mr Putin said, evoking unnamed "forces" in the United States trying to prevent any improvement in relations and "putting narrow party interests above the national interest".

Later, Ms Vega tweeted that the president had been looking directly at her when he answered.

Donald Trump was under fire for backing Vladimir Putin's denial that Russian Federation had been involved in election interference, and though he walked back the claim after furious opposition from both Democrats and Republicans, he appeared to stick by that assessment in the interview with Tucker Carlson, which had been filmed before his reversal.

Trump said he told Putin during their summit in Helsinki this week that the United States would not tolerate meddling in U.S. elections.

'My view has not changed, which is that Russian Federation attempted to interfere with the last election and that it continues to engage in malign influence operations to this day, ' Wray said in an interview with Lester Holt of NBC News.

He told a congressional committee in February he had already seen evidence that Russian Federation was targeting the upcoming mid-term elections in November.

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Putin first raised the idea of the Kremlin being provided access to question US citizens in his press conference alongside Trump, where he openly accused American-born British financier Bill Browder of funneling illegal donations to Hillary Clinton's campaign. "And I don't think he's going to lose that core part of his base that was responsible for him winning the primary, that propelled him to winning the general election".

Trump also accused past American leaders, rather than Russia's destabilizing actions in the USA and around the world, for the souring of relations between two countries.

"There was some conversation about it, but there wasn't a commitment made on behalf of the United States", Sanders said.

Despite the controversy, Republican voters seem to be sticking by Mr Trump.

After backlash and criticism from both critics and members of his own party, Trump tried on Tuesday to walk back his summit comments, saying that he had misspoken.

In the survey, 42% of all registered voters approved of his job performance, which is consistent with averages thus far.

"This kind of effort should be a mutual one", Putin said. Pompeo is to publicly testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on July 25.

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In the House, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi staged a vote in support of the intelligence committee's findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election. I mean, he's an expert, " Trump said.

Democrats say the woman who translated for Trump - and the notes she likely took - could provide critical information about the meeting.

Browder's name came up because Putin floated this idea: If the US gave the Kremlin access to Browder, Putin would allow USA investigators to interview the 12 Russian intelligence agents indicted as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Baucus doubted the deal will actually happen, but he said that the White House's consideration of the offer highlights the disconnect between Trump and the State Department.

"The Summit with Russian Federation was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media", Trump, who has faced criticism from lawmakers in both parties after the summit, wrote on Twitter.

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