Putin meeting comments not meant to be critical, says top United States spy

Putin meeting comments not meant to be critical, says top United States spy

"We were the victims of what Russian Federation did in 2016". In fact, he said Trump missed the opportunity to "distinguish" the U.S.

Partisans split in their ratings of Trump's meeting with Putin, but Republicans are less united in support for Trump than in other recent polls about his presidency.

A slightly larger 56 percent disapprove of Trump expressing doubts about USA intelligence agencies' conclusion that Russian Federation tried to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

"I and the entire intel community are committed to providing the best possible intelligence to inform and support President Trump's ongoing efforts to prevent Russian meddling in our upcoming elections, to build strong relationships internationally in order to maintain peace, denuclearise unsafe regimes and protect our nation and our allies".

The White House then said that, too, was a misunderstanding.

A former national security adviser to President Barack Obama said Donald Trump's "national security team needs to know everything" about the lengthy one-on-one meeting he had with Vladimir Putin, calling the meeting a "historic mistake" and saying it would have been for any USA president.

"There is simply no other way to explain why he would side with this Kremlin former KGB officer rather than his own intelligence agencies", he said.

Schiff classified Trump's face-to-face summit with Putin with only translators present as being "productive for Vladimir Putin". And yet, unless Trump made agreements or promises to Putin that neither side has so far disclosed, the danger of Trump impetuously pulling the U.S. rug from under European security has - for now - passed.

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"It's bewildering, why the president would go back and call this a hoax", veteran political analyst David Gergen said on CNN. "To me, that's beyond comprehension".

Some Republicans chimed in with similar criticism, even including Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who has championed Trump's cause in criticizing the wide-ranging investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said in a statement that his Thursday comments at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado were not meant to be critical of the president's handling of the summit.

The week only worse for the president, his staff, and his party after that, though it's still not clear Trump understands why, just like it's not clear how he could have possibly expected to avoid such an inevitable line of questioning in Helsinki, something his beleaguered aides surely tried to prepare him for ahead of time. "I've spent days, not just hours, but days, actually looking at intelligence". Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, said on "Fox News Sunday" that Trump should have "challenged" Putin more on the world stage.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last week identified the bill as a potential step Congress could take to push back against Russian Federation as Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called for sanctions and other deterrents.

"Do you meet with this guy from a position of weakness?" said Graham, as if directly addressing Trump about the Russian leader.

BAIER: But, Senator, you know that you don't know that he didn't do that behind closed doors.

He tweeted: "I had a GREAT meeting with Putin and the Fake News used every bit of their energy to try and disparage it". With the click of a button, he tweeted that "Russia" - shorthand for the Russian interference campaign in 2016 - was "all a big hoax". Marco Rubio said Sunday that he supports President Donald Trump interacting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but said Trump should be aware of Putin's human rights record and zero-sum approach to the U.S. -Russia relationship.

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