U.S. intelligence chief says no disrespect intended toward Trump

Jul 24, 2018, 00:26
U.S. intelligence chief says no disrespect intended toward Trump

Regarding the mixed messages stemming from the meeting between Mr. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland last week, Graham said that he's glad Mr. Trump is "willing to walk things back and say he misspoke if it makes us stronger", adding that Mr. Trump has shown he's "willing to change" his views. This sparked a new round of speculation and confusion among politicians and Americans about Trump's motives.

Trump's public doubting of Russia's culpability for interference in 2016 - though he tried to "clarify" his remarks a day later - sparked bipartisan condemnation in Washington and sparked congressional lawmakers to look once again for ways to tighten sanctions on the longtime USA foe.

The US director of national intelligence would be required to conclude if any foreign nations interfered in elections one month after Americans cast their votes, triggering strict sanctions within 10 days if interference was detected.

It shouldn't be surprising that just days after Trump declared that he had confidence in US intelligence agencies, he would attack them.

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In an interview on Fox News, guest host Bret Baier asked Gowdy why Trump continues to suggest that Russian Federation may not have been responsible for the 2016 election attack, even as the president claims that he accepts the intelligence community's assessment about the Kremlin's role.

"I love Dan Coats, I've got a lot respect for him, ' said Caputo".

Then following surprised laughter, Mr Coats said: "Okay, that's going to be special".

"My admittedly awkward response was in no way meant to be disrespectful or criticize the actions of the president", Coats said in his statement. He clarified his support for the president in a statement.

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He went on to say that he and the intelligence community were committed to supporting President Trump's "ongoing efforts to prevent Russian meddling in our upcoming elections".

Trump said in Helsinki that the two men discussed a variety of topics in their two-hour one-on-one meeting. Coats has said "If he had asked me how that ought to be conducted, I would have suggested a different way, but that's not my role..." On the Russian side, Putin noted that the meeting "led to some useful agreements".

However, even as she encouraged voter turnout, as WNYC's Alec Hamilton reports, "Clinton expressed concerns about the security of that November midterm election, saying that the country lacks the infrastructure and leadership to safeguard against further cyberattacks".

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, is urging President Trump to safeguard the US election process ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, telling the president to "lead this nation to make sure the 2018 election is protected".

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