Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Trump's mixed messages on Russian Federation renew doubts on what he thinks

Sarah Sanders attempted to clean up Trump’s week of Russia controversies. She only made it worse Sarah Sanders attempted to clean up Trump’s week of Russia controversies. She only made
Patty Aguilar | 20 July, 2018, 19:31

The White House remained non-committal on the Russian proposal to allow investigators from both countries to question suspects under a 1999 treaty, which has the media and at least one former U.S. official up in arms.

On Tuesday, the United States leader sought to tamp down a global uproar over his warm embrace of Putin at Monday's summit in Helsinki, delivering a statement at the White House in which he said he accepts the U.S. intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 USA election.

And in a move that could trigger further global worry, he also cast doubt on U.S. commitment to Nato's central principle of mutual defense, calling out new member Montenegro and warning that its "very aggressive" people could draw the alliance into war with Russian Federation.

Just a day earlier, the White House had said the offer was under consideration, even though the State Department called Russia's allegations against the Americans, including former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, "absurd".

At the White House press briefing on Wednesday, press secretary Sarah Sanders said Putin's request was being considered but that no decision had been made.

Grassley said that this week President Trump "missed a real opportunity" when he failed to denounce Russia's interference in the 2016 election that sent Trump to the White House.

In the interview, President Trump said he agrees Russian Federation meddled in his victorious election and has said so "numerous times before".

"The president and his administration are working very hard to make sure that Russian Federation is unable to meddle in our elections as they have done in the past".

The president's assertion would conflict with a statement issued Monday by National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, who said Russian Federation has "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy". Trump said. "Let me ask you this: What about the fact they came charging - that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs?"

Trump has said in an interview with CBS News that he told Putin that the United States won't tolerate election interference in the future. "They would rather go to war than see this", he said.

Sarah Sanders attempted to clean up Trump’s week of Russia controversies. She only made it worse

Watch President Trump's comments here.

Trump has faced bipartisan fury at home since the summit in Finland.

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell hastily arranged the vote as lawmakers unleashed an avalanche of resolutions and other proposed actions expressing alarm over Trump's meeting with Putin and the White House's shifting response. "And is his position that 'No, Russia is not doing anything to interfere or meddle in the 2018 election?'" But, he added: "I think it was, what, $100,000 worth of Facebook ads?"

USA intelligence officials have said Russia's efforts to undermine elections are continuing and now target the 6 November congressional elections. "Big results will come!"

Trump stunned the world on Monday by shying away from criticizing the Russian leader for Moscow's actions to undermine the election, sparking bipartisan fury at home and prompting calls by some USA lawmakers for tougher sanctions and other actions to punish Russia.

At the Helsinki news conference, Trump cast doubt on the findings of the agencies. "It is truly unbelievable", Clapper said on CNN Monday, after Trump's press conference. "There are lots of people out there". I think Dan Coats is excellent. we have excellent people.

DES MOINES, Iowa-Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican, strongly criticized two Presidents Wednesday-his own and Russia's-following another confusing day of what President Donald Trump believes when it comes to Russia's meddling with the 2016 election.

Trump that Russian Federation isn't now targeting the U.S., diverging from a public statement his own intelligence director made two days earlier.

He wasn't saying "no" as an answer to the question, Sanders insists, but was saying no to taking questions at all. "But it's clear from today's tweets he does not mean it".

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