US President Donald Trump said today he had a "strong news conference" with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, rejecting the political outrage it triggered in America as "fuss" created by the "fake news".
"I let him know we can't have this, we're not going to have it, and that's the way it's going to be", Trump said yesterday of the meeting with Putin, which was attended only by the leaders and an interpreter. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be". In response, Trump said his "people came to me" and said "they think it's Russian Federation".
Mr. Trump has contradicted Coats recently, telling "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor that he doesn't know if he necessarily agrees with Coats' warning about the "critical" threat of potentially devastating cyberattacks targeting US systems. "We continue to urge Russian authorities to work with the U.S. Department of Justice to pursue those in Russia who in fact perpetrated the fraudulent scheme that Russia refers to that targeted not only Mr. Browder, but also his company and.the Russian people as a whole".
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Trump said before the Cabinet meeting, "There's never been a president as tough on Russian Federation as I have been", citing economic sanctions.
An exchange between President Trump and a reporter Wednesday during a Cabinet meeting has sparked confusion about where Mr. Trump stands on whether Russian Federation is continuing to target the United States.
He, instead, chose to side with Putin, preferring to go with his "strong" denial to Coats's assessment that Russian Federation had indeed interfered in the 2016 election.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Trump's "no" was meant to indicate that he didn't want to take questions.
Both presidents said after the Helsinki summit that a big step forward had been taken. "I was asking myself when you are going to ask him for an autograph or a selfie or something like that".
But McFaul, who served as ambassador from 2012 to 2014 and has written a memoir describing Putin's mission to discredit him, said he was alarmed that the White House would even entertain the idea.
However, there is concern that so little is known about the substance of what Putin and Trump discussed in their private meeting with only translators present.
At the Hudson Institute think tank in Washington on Friday, Coats said: "We are not yet seeing the kind of electoral interference in specific states and voter data bases that we experienced in 2016, however, we fully realize that we are just one click on a keyboard away from a similar situation repeating itself".
Lawmakers also piled on the criticism, with some suggesting it may be grounds for removing Trump from office.
As a legal matter, Trump has no authority to force McFaul or any other American to face Russian questioning.
So you may have seen this week that POTUS and Putin were scheduled to hold a summit down meeting in Helsinki, Finland.
"There was some conversation about it, but there wasn't a commitment made on behalf of the United States", Sanders said. In it, he declared that he really, truly did trust his own intelligence agencies and their lapidary verdict that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.