Donald Trump 'looking forward' to next meeting with Vladimir Putin

Elias Hubbard
July 21, 2018

Back at home, however, Trump has come under a downpour of criticism for the ostensibly insufficiently tough position on the much-rumored "Russian meddling" in the USA presidential race in 2016.

"The National Defense Authorization Act as a law prohibits us from coordinating, synchronizing or collaborating with the Russian forces, so that does guide our activities", Votel said.

While President Trump continues to face bipartisan backlash over his comments at the Helsinki summit, his Republican base overwhelmingly supported his performance, according to an Axios/Survey Monkey poll released Thursday.

He restated the US intelligence assessment about Russian meddling and Moscow's "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

Putin has denied allegations of election interference.

Trump did this in Helsinki, too, and executed a convoluted walkback of those remarks on Tuesday, saying he misspoke in Finland. "I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be". "I have said that numerous times before, and I would say that is true, yeah". Eliot Engel, Ranking Democrat of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Anna Eshoo of California, Gerald Connolly of Virginia, David Cicilline of Rhode Island and Gregory Meeks of NY - wrote a letter to Trump on Thursday calling on him to reject Putin's idea.

Democratic U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell said if Trump allowed Russians to question McFaul, "you can count on me and millions of others to swiftly make you an ex-president". "Look at what we've done".

"It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it", Sanders said. "He understands it, and he's not happy about it". "Hopefully President Putin will have the 12 identified Russians come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt".

Trump has said the meeting with Putin will result in improved U.S. -Russia relations.

She said the threat to the USA electoral system "still exists, which is why we are taking steps to prevent it".

Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray also dismissed it, saying "it's certainly not high on our list of investigative techniques".

Amid pressure even from allies to clarify, the following day he said he had misspoken.

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. It was Congress' first formal rebuke of Trump's actions from the summit and its aftermath.

Many critics also complained that there was no record of agreements, if any, that were reached between the two during their one-on-one meeting.

"We came to a lot of good conclusions". So where does he want to take this relationship now?

Votel added that the military had "received no further direction than we've now been operating under" in Syria, where the United States and Russian Federation have backed opposing sides in the county's more than seven-year civil war. "But no one expected that" he said. In that statement, Coats restated the US intelligence assessment about Russian meddling and Moscow's "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

He also offered a twisted explanation of his assertion in Helsinki that he could not see "any reason" why Russian Federation would interfere, claiming he misspoke. "Problem is", Trump said. "So both countries work jointly [for this purpose]", adding that "creating safety for Israel is something both Putin and I would like to see very much".

Trump's "enemy of the people" attack on Thursday marked the second time Trump has emerged from a summit with a dictator who has restricted press freedoms and subsequently attacked the news media as an "enemy".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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