Trump holds Putin responsible for election meddling


The president stated without hedging that Russian Federation meddled in the election, although on Tuesday he raised the possibility someone else also could have been hacking.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has since reiterated his support of the conclusions of multiple intelligence agencies that Russians meddled in the election.

For anyone who follows Donald Trump on Twitter, little of what he said in his Helsinki press conference was new.

Glenn Carle, a longtime former Central Intelligence Agency spy, said he wasn't the least bit surprised by Trump's actions because "it's becoming more and more clear that Trump is either a witting or unwitting Russian asset".

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is investigating the possibility of forcing the translator from the meeting to turn over her notes. "Directly contradicted by DNI Coats, who just sounded the alarm about Russia's 'ongoing, ' pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

"And I think President Putin knows that better than anybody", Trump said.

According to three people who were in attendance, Trump was "grudgingly convinced" of the meddling, in the Times' words. Trump met North Korea's Kim Jong Un in June and has since received a letter from Kim expressing hope for "practical actions" in the future as the United States seeking Pyongyang's denuclearization.

They are angry, however, at proposals by United States congressmen to question Mr Trump's translator about what the men discussed privately.

The image, created by visual artist Nancy Burson, morphs the "images of two of the world's most recognizable men" and is "meant to represent this particular moment in USA foreign policy, following the pair's recent meeting", said "Time" magazine in a statement. He is pushing legislation with Democratic Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., that would slap new sanctions on Russian Federation or any other country caught posting ads, running fake news or otherwise interfering with election infrastructure.

In his early morning rant against the media, Trump did praise one news outlet - Fox News and its morning show 'Fox & Friends, ' of which he is a faithful viewer.

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USA intelligence leaders only refer to the "red lights" when matters are dire.

'You say you agree with USA intelligence that Russian Federation meddled in the election in 2016, ' Glor asked him. "I think he will. Let's see what happens", Trump said.

The evidence included texts and e-mails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Putin, the Times reported. And the scripted cleanup pertained only to the least defensible of his comments.

Putin, for his part, raised eyebrows on Monday when he did not outright deny that the Russian government has kompromat on the USA president.

Critics have accused Trump of siding with Russian Federation over his own country by failing to criticize Moscow for what usa intelligence agencies previous year described as Russia's election interference in an attempt to sow discord, aid Trump's candidacy and disparage Trump's Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. But he added, "It could be other people also. There was no collusion at all".

Since then, he's become an outspoken critic of Putin and was the force behind the Magnitsky Act, a 2012 law that freezes the assets and bans visas for certain Russian officials.

"My money is on the latter two", they said.

Donald Trump was under fire for backing Vladimir Putin's denial that Russian Federation had been involved in election interference, and though he walked back the claim after furious opposition from both Democrats and Republicans, he appeared to stick by that assessment in the interview with Tucker Carlson, which had been filmed before his reversal. "What we intend to do is make sure they don't get away with it again and also to help our allies".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to testify before the Senate next week about the summit.

Democrats and some members of Trump's own Republican Party have criticized him for accepting at face value Putin's denial that Russian Federation interfered in the vote. A similar vote Tuesday in the House failed on a party-line vote.