Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump deals a shocking blow to U.S. intelligence agencies

Trump deals a shocking blow to U.S. intelligence agencies

Democratic leaders in Washington said Trump's conduct during Monday's press conference with Putin reinforced concerns that Putin "holds damaging information" over the United States president.

"Putin directed an attack on our American democracy & Russian Federation interfered with our elections", Baldwin tweeted.

In the 32-minute interview with Fox, Putin said Russian Federation had no interest in Mr. Trump before he launched his bid for the presidency. We won't let the president say otherwise, but we're facing a question: "Where do we go from here?"

"I don't want to insult President Trump when I say this - and I may come as rude - but before he announced that he will run for presidency, he was of no interest for us".

Mr Coats' statement was seen as an uncommonly brusque pushback by the USA intelligence community against the White House.

Lasha Tchantouridze is a professor of diplomacy and global relations at Norwich University, who specializes in Russian Federation and the U.S. He says this meeting between the two leaders could be the start of something different.

President Trump said they would talk about a range of subjects, including trade, the military, nuclear weapons and China.

Apart from opposition Democrats, the backlash has largely been from Republicans, some of whom have little to lose; a number of the most outspoken are retiring. John McCain, R-Ariz., saying that "no prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant." Sen.

Every major USA intelligence agency has concluded there was such interference by Russia during the election and the matter is the focus of a major federal investigation that has targeted not only Russians, but members of Trump's election campaign staff.

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak at a summit
President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak at a summit

"There is no moral equivalent between the United States and Russian Federation, which is hostile to our core values and ideals".

Yet Mr Trump appeared to take Mr Putin's word in dismissing that conclusion.

What is less established is the extent to which the Russian government, not just Russian citizens with varying ties to Moscow, became involved in this effort.

Their summit comes just three days after the special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for efforts to interfere in the 2016 United States presidential campaign.

Former FBI Director James Comey on Monday joined the long list of politicians and public figures condemning President Trump's remarks at his news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, tweeting that the president "refused to back his own country".

"I have confidence in both parties", Trump said during the press conference, a response that prompted a rebuke from both sides of the aisle.

"The United States should focus on trying to make Russian Federation responsible for their actions and put an end to the sinister assault on democracy", he said in a statement.

"I never thought I would see the day when our American President would stand on the stage with the Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression". The president said that although he believes U.S.

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