Trump's Putin Leniency Suggests Kremlin Has Dirt on Him, Dems Say

Frederick Owens
July 18, 2018

During a visit to Finland on Monday, President Trump said he doesn't "see any reason why" Russian Federation would be responsible for interference in the United States' 2016 presidential election despite information from us intelligence agencies.

Coats's statement came in the wake of President Donald Trump's press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

The former Republican presidential candidate said it wouldn't have helped matters for Mr. Trump to call Mr. Putin a liar to his face, after the Russian leader repeatedly denied his government's interference in the 2016 USA election. At a news conference afterward, the American president refused to condemn Putin for Moscow's interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

President Donald Trump is being "played" by Russia President Vladimir Putin, noted prominent Kremlin critic and Putin nemesis William Browder told CNBC on Monday. Lindsey Graham of SC called the summit a "missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russian Federation accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections".

"I hold both countries responsible", Trump said.

Trump said of Putin: "He just said it's not Russian Federation". President Trump missed an opportunity to publicly press President Putin on whether he would agree to extradite the defendants to the United States to answer the allegations in court.

Jeff Flake is another personality who slammed Trump for saying that the U.S. was also to "blame" for the tensions between the two countries.

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After two hours alone in a room with their interpreters, Trump and Putin convened a more traditional-style bilateral meeting, seated at a large conference table surrounded by senior officials from both countries.

Senior Republican Senator John McCain said it was a "disgraceful performance" by a USA president.

"No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant", McCain said in his statement.

Putin also pushed back against claims that his government interfered in the USA election.

Two former United States intelligence chiefs expressed shock over Trump's appearance of "capitulating" to Putin. "We just assume Putin knew something". "The president should use this as an opportunity to tell the Russians that our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance is strong as we work together against Russian attempts to undermine regional and global security and stability".

'President Putin feels very strongly about it and has a very interesting idea'. "He defends the interest of the United States of America & I do defend the interest of Russian Federation". The United States does not have an extradition treaty with Russia, making it uncertain that the indicted Russian officers - who are not now in custody - will ever be prosecuted in an American courtroom.

He added, the probe is a disaster for the US, and there is zero evidence of any collusion. At a press conference Friday with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump said not to expect a "Perry Mason" moment where his Russian counterpart owned up to the interference.

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