Published: Thu, July 19, 2018

Trump rants that the ‘fake news media’ wants a confrontation with Russian Federation

Trump rants that the ‘fake news media’ wants a confrontation with Russian Federation

"You can't establish this precedent", McFaul said. "They are very aggressive people, they may get aggressive, and congratulations, you are in World War Three".

In rebutting Trump's dismissive comments about USA intelligence on Monday, Coats said, "We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

Mr Trump's failure to condemn Russia's 2016 election meddling - essentially siding with Moscow against his own US intelligence agencies - and his description of US Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe as a "disaster" is a win for Mr Putin.

As a legal matter, Trump has no authority to force McFaul or any other American to face Russian questioning. State-owned news outlets previously alleged McFaul had met with opposition activists to create unrest in Russian Federation during his tenure as ambassador.

He says in an interview with CBS that he told Vladimir Putin to stay out of America's elections. "Many positive things will come out of that meeting", the USA president said in another tweet.

"The so-called deal apparently suggested in Helsinki is a classic Putin diversion", said William Burns, a former ambassador to Russian Federation and deputy secretary of state.

After his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, was jailed and killed for exposing a massive fraud involving senior Russian officials, Mr. Browder persuaded Congress to pass the 2012 Magnitsky Act, which has led to sanctions against numerous officials in the Putin clique. I'm not an American citizen.

When asked whether Trump's initial siding with Putin raised any red flags, John expressed his confidence in the president.

"It's insane and should be called insane and outrageous, not just by me, but by the USA government", McFaul said.

"It's beyond disgraceful. It's fundamentally ignorant with regard to how we conduct diplomacy or what that means", the diplomat reportedly said.

Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California labeled the discussion "BATS-T CRAZY" and demanded Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to "put a stop to this notion immediately".

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said there were three proposals discussed at the meeting that the U.S. is "currently assessing".

When asked if she was reversing what the president had said, she answered: "I'm interpreting it, not reversing it".

"I don't know what the fuss is all about". The Americans wanted for questioning by Moscow include Michael McFaul, the former U.S. ambassador to Russian Federation, and American-born financier Bill Browder, who successfully lobbied the United States government to impose new sanctions on Moscow.

CNN's Erin Burnett said Trump was making a "dog ate my homework" alibi, adding: "How stupid does Trump think we Americans are?" I can only say that I do have confidence in our intelligence agencies as now constituted, " he said.

"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation - sort of a double-negative, '" Trump said.

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