United States intelligence chief in the dark over Trump summit

Frederick Owens
July 20, 2018

Critics complained that instead of taking a firm stand against Vladimir Putin over Russian interference in the USA election, Donald Trump accepted his denials over the word of American intelligence agencies.

In a rebuke to the president, the Senate - controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans - unanimously approved a resolution expressing congressional opposition to any US officials being questioned with Russian officials.

And today, the White House has confirmed the Russian President has accepted the invitation and will visit the U.S. next fall.

Hours after Antonov spoke, the White House shot down the idea, saying the Trump administration "is not considering supporting" such a referendum.

Here's how the week played out.

In a television interview taped on Thursday, Trump said that he and Putin, who USA intelligence agencies say directed interference to sway the 2016 vote toward Trump, had a rapport during their Helsinki meeting.

"It really bolsters the speculation that we've had around already today the possibility that Trump watching Coats talking to our colleague Andrea Mitchell was so enraged he chose to send out the tweet announcing Putin was coming to Washington in order to try to troll or diss Dan Coats in the middle of the interview he was doing", Heilemann said.

Mr Browder told the BBC he was glad Mr Trump "isn't going to hand me over to President Putin" and said the U.S. leader should have immediately rejected the idea.

Democratic Senate leader Charles Schumer said that unless details of the Helsinki summit are known, the U.S. president should refrain from more one-on-one interactions Putin "in the United States, in Russian Federation, or anywhere else". He says with that pressure on him, why shouldn't the USA go forward and see what happens.

Trump reportedly asked Putin not to announce the proposal at the summit's press conference in order to have time to consider it, according to one of the sources.

Coats said he would have advised Trump not to meet with Putin alone and hoped Trump would have "made a different statement". I think it's kept us apart. He was about to talk tax policy with Republican lawmakers at the White House, but came with a sheet of prepared remarks. The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why I wouldn't, or why it wouldn't be Russian Federation.' .

Mr Putin said Russian Federation wanted to question U.S. nationals the Kremlin accuses of "illegal actions". Sort of a double negative.

He added: "My thoughts there were that I needed to correct the record". The President has a tumultuous relationship with the FBI, CIA, NSA, and other American agencies. Other officials familiar with the White House's scheduling say the White House has been so busy mitigating the backlash that the debriefings that would have normally taken place had yet to be conducted, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Angered by a federal Russian Federation probe that is also examining whether Trump's election campaign worked with Moscow, Trump has long denied any collusion and has denounced the investigation as a witch hunt.

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At the end of a meeting with members of his Cabinet, a reporter called out a question.

Coats explained of his reasoning and his relations with Trump: 'We started a good relationship.

Meanwhile, Antonov also pushed for the release of a gun rights activist accused of being a covert agent in the USA, calling her arrest a "farce".

Now it may be a case of being careful what you wish for.

"Look, the fact is we got along well", he told CNBC, adding that the two did not agree on everything. And we're doing very well, probably as well as anybody has ever done with Russian Federation.

"As long as I'm able to have the ability to seek the truth and speak the truth, I'm on board", Coats said.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary.

The US President had faced a barrage of criticism from political opponents, as well as from many of his own party after the comments in Finland.

"He does believe that they [Russia] would target USA elections again".

Trump sat down with CBS News anchor Jeff Glor and affirmed that he thinks Russian Federation meddled in the election.

"But no one expected that", Mr Putin said.

"I would, because he's in charge of the country".

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