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15:39, 19 July 2018

Trump Putin: Russian leader attacks US critics of summit


Trump Putin: Russian leader attacks US critics of summit

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has rounded on US critics of his initial summit with President Donald Trump.

Certain forces in the US wanted to sacrifice US-Russian ties for their “narrow party interests”, he told a meeting of Russian diplomats in Moscow.

“They are feeding millions of their individuals stories,” he mentioned.

Mr Trump has faced fierce criticism for contradicting his own intelligence agencies by refusing to blame Russia for meddling in the 2016 election.

He later mentioned he had misspoken at the summit, but accusations he has taken too soft a line on Russia have not gone away.

In his comments, Mr Putin said the meeting had been “effective and has led to useful agreements”.

“Of course, it remains to be noticed how the circumstance will create, especially given that specific forces in America are attempting to belittle and undermine the outcomes of the meeting,” he added.

US specific counsel Robert Mueller is at present investigating allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether there was collusion among the Trump campaign team, one thing denied by both.

What has Trump stated?

Much of the outrage stemmed from a single comment Mr Trump made when he appeared alongside Mr Putin on Monday.

For the duration of a news conference, Mr Trump was asked whether or not he believed US intelligence agencies’ conclusions or Mr Putin about whether or not Russia had meddled.

He replied: “My men and women came to me… they stated they consider it really is Russia. I have President Putin he just said it is not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any cause why it would be.”

Amid pressure even from allies to clarify, the following day he stated he had misspoken.

On Wednesday, he sparked fresh controversy by appearing to say “no” when asked if Russia was still targeting the US, again contradicting intelligence agencies.

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The White Property later stated the US president had been saying “no” to additional queries from reporters and that the threat to the US electoral method “nonetheless exists”.

During an interview with CBS News on Wednesday, Mr Trump stated he held Mr Putin personally responsible for interfering in the election, and that he was “really sturdy on the truth that we cannot have meddling”.

On Thursday, Mr Trump accused opponents of preferring to go to war rather than seeing good relations with Russia. In a series of tweets he stated he was keen to meet Mr Putin once again.

So the anger is all about the 2016 election?

There is far more to it than that. Some lawmakers have been also upset by Mr Trump when he declined to provide any particular criticism for the state of US-Russia relations, saying instead “I think we’ve all been foolish.”

The White Residence is facing further criticism for not ruling out a Russian proposal to question US citizens accused by the Kremlin of “illegal activities”.

A single of those being sought by Russia is former US ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul, but enabling him to be questioned would breach the legal immunity usually granted to a country’s foreign service.

Politicians from each sides of the US political divide have rubbished the idea – a single Democrat congressman referred to as the suggestion “crazy”.

FBI director Christopher Wray also dismissed it, saying “it really is definitely not high on our list of investigative strategies”.

What now?

US lawmakers are calling for a court demand to be issued for the notes of the US translator who accompanied Mr Trump to his two-hour meeting with Mr Putin.

The two leaders met privately at the summit with only their interpreters present.

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Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader in the Home of Representatives, tried on Tuesday to stage a symbolic vote to support the findings of Russian interference, but was blocked by Republicans.

Senators Jeff Flake and Chris Coons, an Arizona Republican and a Delaware Democrat, are reportedly working on a non-binding resolution to endorse the intelligence committee’s findings.

But Texas Republican John Cornyn stated the Senate need to concentrate on “extra sanctions as an alternative of just some messaging physical exercise”.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to testify ahead of the Senate next week about the summit.

Regardless of the controversy, Republican voters appear to be sticking by Mr Trump, with a Reuters/Ipsos poll this week discovering that Mr Trump’s Finland summit had no actual influence on his general approval ratings.

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Published at Thu, 19 Jul 2018 14:26:32 +0000


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