Trump sides with Russian Federation against Federal Bureau of Investigation at Helsinki summit

Frederick Owens
July 17, 2018

Speaking to Fox News following his summit on Monday with Trump in Helsinki, Finland, the Russian president said: "Do you really believe that someone acting from the Russian territory could have influenced the United States and influenced the choice of millions of Americans?"

"It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected--immediately".

Crapo introduced the bill "in response to Russia's violation of the territorial integrity of the Ukraine and Crimea, its brazen cyberattacks and interference in elections, and its continuing aggression in Syria", he said Monday. That the president was attended in Helsinki by a team of competent and patriotic advisors makes his blunders and capitulations all the more painful and inexplicable."No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant".

Trump, speaking in Helsinki after his first summit with Putin, said he saw no reason to believe his own country's intelligence agencies over the Kremlin leader's assurances that Russian Federation did not interfere in the US election. The US leader said a productive dialogue between America and Russian Federation is good for both countries and "is good for the world".

Addressing the media, Trump said the meeting Monday with Putin "went very well".

"My people came to me, [Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russian Federation". Protesters were on the streets of Helsinki to denounce the policies of both Trump and Putin. "It's wonderful to me to watch the right-before-before-our-eyes decline of the stature, the respect, the integrity, and the perceived intelligence of members of the United States White House or presidential press corps".

"So, I'm sure by [Tuesday's] show, later [Monday], may even have a different take on this thing", Limbaugh said.

On US-Russia cooperation in Syria, Trump stressed that both countries had the potential to "save hundreds of thousands of lives" by working together.

The Russian president also rejected allegations that Moscow has collected compromising material on Mr Trump or his family.

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"The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally".

Trump's eagerness to improve USA relations with Russian Federation had been met with skepticism in Congress, where lawmakers almost unanimously approved tough sanctions targeting Moscow in 2017.

He challenged Republicans to move beyond words and confront the president directly by increasing sanctions on Russian Federation and requesting testimony about the summit from Trump administration officials, among other things.

The summit, which is being closely watched around the world, was not the first time Trump and Putin have held talks.

Senators Jeff Flake, and to a lesser extent, Lindsey Graham, have been among a small group of Republicans in Congress who have occasionally criticized perceived lapses in judgment by Trump since his inauguration a year ago. He stood next to Putin and attacked domestic political rivals, the Justice Department, and the FBI for investigating what happened while ignoring questions over his own intelligence community's assessment that Putin did, in fact, order a sophisticated influence campaign in states that ultimately decided the election outcome. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, tweeted, "For the President to side with Putin over his own intelligence officials and blame the United States for Russia's attack on our democracy is a complete disgrace". Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

As for Trump's performance at the summit, for which he is being panned by his own party, Limbaugh said he has not had the time to soak it all in yet to offer up an opinion.

Trump has sometimes received completely praiseworthy coverage from Fox News following big moments on the global stage, but he did not earn a total pass on the right-wing network. Trump said on Twitter. And the USA political world - and even the White House's own communications team - is unsettled.

Former CIA chief John Brennan also weighed in, tweeting: "Donald Trump's press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes & misdemeanors.' It was nothing short of treasonous".

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