Trump Walks Back Controversial Comments On Russian Election Interference

Frederick Owens
July 18, 2018

During Monday's news conference, Trump said, "I don't see any reason why it would be" Russian Federation who interfered in the election.

"With Trump's repudiation of U.S. Intelligence, Director Dan Coats should resign in protest and disgust", former CIA official Larry Pfeiffer said. "If the Foreign Affairs Committee or Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking Committee think that there are other sanctions that we have not placed upon Russian Federation, I'm more than happy to consider those", Ryan said, stopping short of calling for more sanctions himself.

In an interview in Moscow during the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, Trump said he did in fact have a relationship with Putin: "I do have a relationship, and I can tell you that he's very interested in what we're doing here today".

"We're all sort of used to Trump by now, and you say to yourself that we've gone as low as we can, and then you see what he said, and it's so much worse than you'd think", Deitz said.

The president stressed that he has said those things before and that it also has been determined that Russian interference did not change the outcome of the 2016 election.

Trump was said to have wound up his Scorched Earth European Tour in very good spirits, but that changed when word got out of the extreme level of blowback over his joint Putin presser.

Also charged one day later was Maria Butina, a 29-year-old Russian national charged with using contacts she built up within the National Rifle Association (NRA) to facilitate communications between Russian officials from the Kremlin and a USA political party that was not named in the court documents.

"The Russian state has never interfered and is not going to interfere into internal American affairs including election process", Putin said.

On Monday the United States and Russian presidents held almost two hours of one-on-one talks without their advisers in the Finnish capital Helsinki. "I accept our intelligence community's conclucsion that Russia's meddling int eh 2016 election took place".

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"I like having a few sane voices around this president, and he happens to be one of those", Panetta said.

The US president was also asked whether he held Russian Federation accountable on any particular issue.

"I've been clear from day one", Ryan said. We should have had this dialogue a long time ago.

Trump said on Tuesday he had complete faith in US intelligence agencies and accepted their conclusions, although he insisted Russia's actions had no impact on the outcome.

Leon Panetta, who served as both Central Intelligence Agency director and secretary of defense in the Obama administration, told Newsweek said Coats' role in the Trump Cabinet is critical.

Some US politicians had called for the summit to be cancelled after 12 Russian military intelligence agents were indicted last week, accused of hacking Mrs Clinton's election campaign.

"Vladimir Putin does not share our interests", said House Speaker Paul Ryan.

In order for this to happen, the now Republican controlled house would have to bring formal charges against President Trump.

The New York Times says Trump's comments drew "howls of protests from Democrats and some Republicans", and prompted John O. Brennan, who served as Central Intelligence Agency director under Barack Obama, "to suggest that the remarks warranted Mr. Trump's impeachment".

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