View from Away: Trump's shocking display next to Putin

View from Away: Trump's shocking display next to Putin

View from Away: Trump's shocking display next to Putin

Trump's top national security officials, Democrats and most Republicans in Congress say US intelligence agencies got it right in finding that Russians secretly tried to sway the election. "President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial".

The US president added: "I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace than to risk peace in pursuit of politics". And thus far the only figure in the administration to contradict Mr Trump has been Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

CNN is reporting that that statement wasn't cleared by the White House.

Trump's opening remarks also congratulated Putin on hosting the World Cup, which he tweeted a day before to call "one of the best ever!"

Trump said that the investigation had driven relations between the two countries to a historic low, but that the meeting with Putin had improved their relationship.

Apart from opposition Democrats, the backlash has largely been from Republicans, some of whom have little to lose; a number of the most outspoken are retiring.

During the news conference in Helsinki Monday, Putin ridiculed allegations that Russian intelligence agencies had collected compromising information on Trump during his visit to Moscow years before the election.

"Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

"There is no moral equivalent between the United States and Russian Federation, which is hostile to our core values and ideals".

Some other Republicans in Congress also criticized Putin without attacking Trump.

What is less established is the extent to which the Russian government, not just Russian citizens with varying ties to Moscow, became involved in this effort.

Instead, he directed his ire at Democrats and USA officials, calling special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian Federation a 'disaster'. "I really believe that". "There is no credibility to Putin's denials especially in light of the public evidence and our own USA intelligence reports", Faso said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday dismissed claims of Russian interference in the 2016 election as "utterly ridiculous", pushing back against the Justice Department's indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers in a wide-ranging interview with Fox News Channel's Chris Wallace.

"They have no information on Trump", Trump said. Hoeven, who visited Russian Federation with several other senators earlier this month, also acknowledged Russia's "behavior toward Ukraine and Syria".

FILE PHOTO: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) looks on at a press conference about the National Defense Authorization Act in Washington, U.S., October 25, 2017.

Many Russian-Americans say it's important for global peace for the two countries' relationship to improve. The damage inflicted by President Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate.

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