Vladimir Putin Personally Responsible For Election Meddling: Donald Trump

Lawrence Kim
July 19, 2018

"In the minds of numerous president's supporters, they perhaps do agree with this very unconventional diplomacy that he is engaging in with North Korea and Russia", Reid said.

Trump referred to the European Union as "a foe" on trade matters in an interview with CBS News that aired Sunday.

"Standing on stage in another country with the leader of another country who wants to and has sought to undermine this country, and to side with him over the United States - if I were asked to vote on this I would vote to impeach the president", O'Rourke said (via the Dallas Morning-News). It's imperative we get to the bottom of what is going on so we can be prepared to protect ourselves in advance of the 2018 elections.

In the Wednesday interview Mr Trump continued with his changing assertions, saying he would hold Putin personally responsible for future election interference. "I would, because he's in charge of the country".

Mr Trump yesterday tried to walk back comments that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin over American intelligence chiefs on Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying that he had misspoken a day earlier after a summit meeting with Mr Putin in Helsinki. "And that's the way it's going to be", Trump said.

And most recently, there's even more confusion about whether or not Trump believes Russian Federation is still targeting USA elections. Those previous comments, delivered alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit press conference Monday, had prompted blistering, bipartisan criticism at home.

Then, on Wednesday, he was asked during a Cabinet meeting if Russian Federation was still targeting the US, and he answered "no" without elaborating.

Taking direct issue with the president who appointed him, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said U.S. spy agencies have been "clear" and "fact-based" in their assessment that Moscow interfered in the presidential race two years ago. Susan Collins of ME said of Trump's one-word response.

First, the president declined to back US intelligence community findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election, instead siding with Putin's denial.

Sanders said Trump and Putin made clear that they discussed election meddling.

At the news conference with Putin, he was asked if he would denounce what happened in 2016 and warn Putin never to do it again, and he did not directly answer. Stephen Colbert (video below), said, "So this afternoon Trump went into emergency spin mode and summoned Republican leaders to the White House to watch his induction into the lying hall of fame".

Schumer also urged the Senate to take up legislation to boost security for US elections and to revive a measure passed earlier by the Judiciary Committee to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference.

The muddied waters have deepened critics' concerns that Trump is not taking seriously enough threats to the USA electoral system. Sanders added that Trump "said it was an interesting idea".

He added that he thinks he's been tougher on Russian Federation and its president, Vladimir Putin, than any other US president.

Sanders, who was in the room when the question was posed, said she interpreted it differently and was not reversing Trump's position.

The Hermitage Capital CEO Bill Browder said he hasn't heard from anyone in the Trump administration and called the idea of handing over senior USA officials to the Russians "just beyond belief".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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