Putin’s poodle? Why Trump’s act in Helsinki was no surprise

Jul 22, 2018, 00:43
Putin’s poodle? Why Trump’s act in Helsinki was no surprise

U.S. President Donald Trump defended his efforts to build a relationship with Vladimir Putin in an interview broadcast on Friday after he invited the Russian leader for a second meeting in the midst of an uproar over their first.

Then on Thursday, the White House said Trump "disagrees" with Putin's offer to allow US questioning of 12 Russians who have been indicted for election interference in exchange for Russian interviews with the former USA ambassador to Russia and other Americans the Kremlin accuses of unspecified crimes.

During a joint news conference after their summit this week in Finland, Putin used soccer metaphors and was handed a soccer ball that he tossed to Trump.

That happened following Trump and Putin's Finland meeting this week, when Coats had to reiterate the USA intelligence position on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Putin critic, tweeted after the exchange that he'd have the ball checked for listening devices and "never allow it in the White House".

White House officials have been calling their friends at The Washington Post to let them know Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats "has gone rogue" over comments he made at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday.

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Rosenstein also stressed that "there's no allegation that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result". A dozen Russian intelligence officers have been indicted by a USA grand jury for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

Putin offered to let American officials watch Russian authorities question the 12 Russian military officers indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Putin and Trump have both publicly talked about the agreement since Helsinki, albeit indirectly. "And we have got to make sure that Russian Federation does not interfere, not only in our elections, but in other aspects of our lives".

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

He said he hadn't seen Trump's invitation himself, but that "Russia was always open to such proposals".

President Trump reportedly signalled to the Russian leader that it was an "incredible offer" and that he would consider it.

"I'll be his worst nightmare, but I don't think it'll be that way", Trump told CNBC in an interview broadcast Friday.

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Even for Mr. Trump, a leader who has increasingly come to cast off the constraints and guidance of aides, the him-against-the-world position proved untenable. "He says he misspoke when he was standing there with President Putin", Palatucci said.

Underscoring how little is known about the meeting, Coats said that he was not told what happened in the room.

In a telephone to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Lavrov said she was arrested on "fabricated charges", demanding her release as soon as possible.

"The prime minister of Israel is going to Moscow more frequently than he is going to Washington", said Yousef al-Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States.

Also, the two sides of the aisle on Capital Hill have been increasingly enraged over the White House' ambiguity regarding Putin's request to interrogate several former US diplomats, including former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul and his several colleagues, over their behaviours in Russia. "That's my foreign policy experience", said Ron Kaufman, a longtime RNC committeeman from MA and former political director for President George H.W. Bush.

Speaking to CBS News on Wednesday, Mr Trump said he held Mr Putin personally responsible for interfering in the election, and that he was "very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling".

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"Look at the sanctions I've put on".

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