Coats says he was not criticizing Trump for inviting Putin to visit

Coats says he was not criticizing Trump for inviting Putin to visit

Rubio, who made his comments in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union", said he regretted Trump's handling of his meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, last week, where he appeared to side with Putin over the US intelligence community on alleged Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election.

But public reaction nationally appears more muted than in Washington, where Trump faced withering bipartisan criticism for appearing to side with Putin over United States intelligence agencies at a Monday news conference held in Helsinki. Rubio's comments come after President Trump attempted to clarify his message from his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, last week, insisting he did in fact support the findings of the intelligence community.

Clinton described the Russian leader as a "very aggressive guy", and said she believes he "wants to dominate his neighborhood again".

Gowdy, who has spearheaded an effort among House Republicans to discredit elements of the Mueller probe, said heavily redacted documents released late Saturday by the Justice Department - which described the FBI's suspicions and evidence that former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page might have been collaborating with Moscow - demonstrated government overreach and bad faith. "I know he came back the next day and said something to clean that up". I would have liked, Bret, for him to do what Chris Wallace, your colleague, did in his interview with President Putin. When Trump said "no", Vega followed up: "No, you don't believe that to be the case?" Yet, the Dossier is far from being the only reason Trump is suspected of being blackmailed by Russian Federation.

In a series of combative Twitter posts Sunday, Trump declared that last Monday's summit with Putin, and their side-by-side news conference that drew bipartisan negative reviews, had been "GREAT". 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.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said his Thursday comments at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado were not meant to be critical of the president's decision to invite Putin to a meeting in Washington later this year.

And Sanders created a fresh headache for the administration when she said the White House was still reviewing a proposal from Putin to allow access by Russian law enforcement officials to Americans whom the Kremlin accuses of unspecified crimes in return for US access to interrogations of Russian agents indicted for their alleged roles in interfering in the 2016 election.

Trump and Putin's discussion in their private meeting has not been disclosed, but Russian ambassador Anatoly Antonov said Wednesday Trump made "important verbal agreements" on issues such as the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

But the Republican senator also stressed he has not seen a reason yet to believe Trump or his campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

Republican US Senators Marco Rubio (L) and Lindsey Graham are seen in this combination photo from US Senate hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington, US on March 14, 2018 and on June 18, 2018 respectively.

The former intelligence chief asserted that Mr Trump's statement was "nothing short of treasonous" and that he was "wholly in the pocket of Putin". This much is true: Donald Trump has made it plain often enough that he wishes to improve relations with Russian Federation and to disregard all of the many points of contention between the two countries, not limited to Russia's role in his being elected president.

"Who do you believe?", Lemire had asked, referring to Trump's well established disbelief in the USA intelligence community's ironclad conclusions about Russia's efforts to subvert America's democracy.

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