Published: Fri, July 20, 2018

Did Putin scare the bejesus out of Melania Trump: Watch her expression

Did Putin scare the bejesus out of Melania Trump: Watch her expression

"I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place", Trump said on Tuesday, before adding: "Could be other people also".

The lively debate in Washington is unthinkable in Russian Federation, where Putin has never faced real political opposition and leads a country that has never had a democratic transition of power.

In another interview to Hugh Hewitt Show, he refused to divulge details about the summit meeting that Trump had with Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

She added that "hopefully President Putin will have the 12 identified Russians come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt", referring to the 12 Russian hackers indicted by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on July 13 for interfering with the U.S. 2016 presidential elections.

The White House backtrack came just before the Senate voted overwhelmingly against the proposal.

Republicans and Democrats both accused him of siding with an adversary rather than his own country after he shied away from criticizing the Russian leader for what US intelligence agencies say were Moscow's efforts to undermine the 2016 election.

The Trump administration also ordered the closure of several Russian-owned properties in the USA, including a consulate in San Francisco and diplomatic annexes in NY and Washington.

Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, Coats tiptoed around any potential conflict with his boss, but was upfront about some of his misgivings, saying that he wished Trump had made different statements Monday in Helsinki after meeting Putin.

The Senate's resolution to go on record against allowing Russian Federation to interrogate Americans, including former US Ambassador Michael McFaul, came despite the White House's earlier statement not to accept Putin's request.

"He was too enthusiastic, spent too many hours with Putin and he was rocking and rolling", said Gingrich.

The White House had said on Wednesday it was under consideration, even though the State Department called Russia's allegations against the Americans "absurd". Chris Van Hollen to craft legislation that would automatically subject Russian Federation - or any other country - to sanctions if they interfered in upcoming elections.


Trump and Putin praised US-Russia military ties at the joint press conference following their summit, and mentioned the possibility of greater cooperation in the seven-year war in Syria that has killed about half-a-million people.

"Gingrich added that the Trump administration is now getting into its next phase of foreign policy, including with China, North Korea and Russian Federation, and he predicts the American side will be 'remarkably tough".

Still, Trump has expressed a preference for the White House setting for major meetings, including floating an invitation to Washington for North Korea's Kim Jong Un after their meeting in Singapore last month.

"Well, that's good to hear 'cause if it was no to the idea that Russian Federation was interfering that would have been very problematic, dumbfounding", Graham said.

The president campaigned on closer ties with Russian Federation, a goal that had been thwarted during his first year in office.

Time's statement said its composite image "is meant to represent this particular moment in U.S. foreign policy, following the pair's recent meeting in Helsinki, Finland".

And when Mitchell broke the news to Coats on stage that Putin is planning a trip to Washington, Coats did a double-take.

Trump has had a tense relationship with US intelligence agencies since before he was elected - largely due to their conclusion that Putin ordered "an influence campaign" in 2016 aimed at helping the Trump campaign and harming his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Russian politicians also criticized proposals by US lawmakers to question Trump's interpreter from the Helsinki summit about what topics the men discussed privately. He cited USA sanctions and the expulsion of alleged Russian spies from the US, telling reporters that Putin "understands it, and he's not happy about it".

The Democratic resolution, S.Res. 584, says, "It is the sense of Congress that the United States should refuse to make available any current or former diplomat, civil servant, political appointee, law enforcement official, or member of the Armed Forces of the United States for questioning by the government of Vladimir Putin".

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