Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Steve Bannon: I didn't like Trump's walk-back on Russian Federation summit

Steve Bannon: I didn't like Trump's walk-back on Russian Federation summit

"I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today", Trump said during a joint news conference, a statement that quickly drew backlash from both Democrats and Republicans.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Russian Federation isn't now targeting the US, diverging from a public statement his own intelligence director made two days earlier.

The president's assertion would conflict with a statement issued Monday by National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, who said Russian Federation has "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy". Already, some Republican pundits are condemning Trump.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll this week found that despite a firestorm of media criticism, Mr Trump's Finland summit had no real impact on his overall approval ratings.

Some 71 percent of Republicans polled approved of his response to Russian Federation, while only 14% of Democrats were in favour.

Asked what he had said to Putin during a one-on-one meeting the two had in Helsinki on Monday, Trump replied: "Very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling, we can't have any of that".

Democratic lawmakers meanwhile pushed for Congress to subpoena Trump's summit interpreter to find out what transpired during his private meeting with Putin.

Trump asked aide to invite Putin to Washington, White House says
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump listen during a cabinet meeting at the White House. Jeff Glor: "But you haven't condemned Putin specifically".

The White House remained non-committal on the Russian proposal to allow investigators from both countries to question suspects under a 1999 treaty, which has the media and at least one former U.S. official up in arms.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker said he would consider the proposal but appeared to pour cold water on it.

She said Russian authorities already know the U.S. position. Sanders said Trump meant he did not want to answer questions. Were any other members of the President's team?

When told that the press covered the substance and the wording of the press conference accurately, Trump said he did not care what was covered.

"As I said today and many times before, 'I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people.' However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we can not exclusively focus on the past - as the world's two largest nuclear powers, we must get along!"

"Well, I accept. I mean, he's an expert", Trump said of Coats. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be". In the face of withering backlash among even those in his own party, Mr. Trump on Tuesday said he misspoke, attempting to clarify that he believed the intelligence community. "I can only say that I do have confidence in our intel agencies as now constituted". "Sort of a double negative".

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