White House struggles to contain pol outcry

Jul 21, 2018, 00:34
White House struggles to contain pol outcry

During the Cabinet meeting, after the exchange with ABC News' Vega, the president went on to tell reporters that there's "never been a president as tough on Russian Federation as I have been". Putin skirted around the question, referring instead to the assassinations of former President John F. Kennedy and political activist, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

McFaul tweeted on Wednesday: "I hope the White House corrects the record and denounces in categorical terms this ridiculous request from Putin". "I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be".

"We believe the threat still exists, which is why we are taking steps to prevent it", the White House spokeswoman said, AFP reported.

"I would because he's in charge of the country just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country". Trump appeared to directly contradict what Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, has said on the matter.

Trump added that he told Putin, "we can't have meddling".

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HORSLEY: There is. And remember; when Trump talks about inviting Russia back into the G-7 or bucks his advisers to congratulate the Russian president on his re-election in what was widely seen as a fraudulent vote, that says something about the U.S. So in foreign policy certainly action and policies count, but rhetoric counts, too.

I think it was a strong news conference.

Although, despite his admission about Russian interference and meddling, Trump said: "It could be other people also".

As a result, in a Wednesday news briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempted to fix Trump's slip-up. However, Trump was later criticized for his insufficiently tough stance on Russia's alleged intervention in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

On Monday, Trump sent shockwaves through the United States when during a joint press conference with Putin he brushed aside the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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

"I have President Putin; he just said it's not Russia", Trump said on Monday. "I will say this - I don't see any reason why it would be".

Amid recitations of his exhausted mantra - "no collusion" - Trump called former CIA Director John Brennan "a total lowlife" and said former US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has "gone haywire" because they have been calling attention to Russia's attack on American democracy.

Rebuked as never before by his own party, including a stern pushback from usually reserved Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the U.S. president sought to end 27 hours of recrimination by delivering a rare admission of error.

Trump backtracked on Tuesday, however, claiming he misspoke and that "the sentence should have been: 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation'".

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