The top U.S. intelligence official said Saturday he meant no disrespect to President Donald Trump in a televised interview discussing the summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. During the press conference, Trump failed to go after Putin about Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 USA election.
"The reality is we have no idea what this president, our president agreed to" in the two-hourlong meeting, though "the Kremlin intelligence agents know exactly what took place in that meeting", Schiff said.
He said Mr. Trump missed an opportunity to bolster the US intelligence community's case against Russian actors by seeming to trust Mr. Putin, who said he didn't meddle.
While Trump's ultra-sensitivity about Mueller looks suspicious, it could also be born out of an explosive reaction every time there is any question about the legitimacy of his election victory and his trademark insistence on hitting back harder anytime he feels he is unfairly attacked. I have President Putin.
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"The damage inflicted by President Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate".
National Intelligence Director Dan Coats spoke at a security forum in Aspen on Thursday, July 19, 2018.
Trump tries to calm political storm over Putin summit, says he misspoke
To rectify the situation, Trump held a news conference the very next day where he said he simply misspoke. The sentence should've been, and I thought it would be maybe a little but unclear on the transcript ...
When Rubio made a similar comment on CNN's "State of the Union", Jake Tapper, "Don't you think you're being remarkably forgiving of President Trump's behavior toward Putin?"
During a discussion about "Politics Of The Moment", she told crowds that she still doesn't understand why President Trump wants to be friends with Putin. But Trump cast doubt once again in a Sunday tweet, diminishing at least the significance, if not the existence, of the interference and the USA investigation into Russia's actions. "When I said this was a missed opportunity, we reinforced a narrative that's bad for us as a nation, it came across weak".
Putin has signaled in the wake of his summit with Trump that he and the US President reached several agreements, but neither Trump nor the White House have confirmed any substantive agreements between the two countries. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, said on "Fox News Sunday" that Trump should have "challenged" Putin more on the world stage.
Earlier in the week, Coats had also seemed to distance himself from the White House when he issued a statement reaffirming the intelligence agencies' unanimous conclusion that Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 election and that one of Putin's goals was to help Trump's campaign.
In addition to his pointed remarks about Russia, Rubio also anticipated that there could be further sanctions from the USA on Nicaragua, given recent violence in the Latin American nation. He walked back that statement a day later, saying he'd meant to say he didn't see why Russian Federation wouldn't be involved. And Trump's defiance and failure to publicly rebuke the Russian leader in Finland over election interference is spurring unusual criticism from Republicans.
Trump's latest missive came hours after he asserted without evidence that newly released documents relating to the wiretapping of his onetime campaign adviser Carter Page "confirm with little doubt" that intelligence agencies misled the court that approved the warrant.
"The possibility of a civil war in Nicaragua is real", Rubio said. But this is unlikely to lead to any major change in how he approaches either Trump personally or the relationship with the United States overall.