Published: Fri, July 20, 2018

Michael McFaul: Calling Putin 'sincere' suggests White House equating Americans with criminals

Michael McFaul: Calling Putin 'sincere' suggests White House equating Americans with criminals

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a Twitter post that Trump had directed national security adviser John Bolton to issue the invitation, even though US lawmakers and top officials in Trump's administration have not been briefed on what Trump and Putin discussed in Monday's summit with only interpreters present.

The controversy escalated on Wednesday, when Sanders told reporters Trump was entertaining a proposal from Putin that would allow special counsel Robert Mueller's team to interrogate the 12 Russian military intelligence officials it indicted last week if, in exchange, the United States allowed the Russian government to interrogate certain Americans, including the former USA ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul. As the US Senate on Thursday prepared to vote on a resolution putting Congress in opposition to allowing any US officials to be questioned by Russian Federation, the White House made its announcement rejecting the offer. The vote was underway mid-afternoon.

The White House had said Wednesday it was under consideration, even though the State Department called Russia's allegations against the Americans "absurd".

"That's not going to happen", U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CBN News on Thursday. "There's been no president ever as tough as I have been on Russian Federation", he said.

Russian Federation was also seeking to interview Michael McFaul, another Putin critic who was United States ambassador to Moscow under President Obama.

McFaul said the White House, by considering the request, was "assigning moral equivalence between a legitimate indictment of Russian intelligence officers.to a cockamamie fantasy (from Moscow) with no basis in reality".

Browder worked with Congress to get the Magnitsky Act passed, preventing foreigners who violate human rights from entering the U.S. The vocal critic of Putin said he would meet with Trump and thinks the president should decisively denounce any suggestion of handing over U.S. officials to Russian Federation for questioning.

He added that he did not yet know what Mr Trump and Mr Putin discussed during their meeting, at which only their interpreters were also present.

On Thursday, NBC News also reported that former director of USA national intelligence, James Clapper, who was reportedly in the briefing, confirmed that evidence of Putin's involvement of the election was shown to Trump.

Coats went on to describe Russian Federation as the most aggressive state actor attempting to interfere in USA affairs.

Rants about the "enemy of the people", "fake news" and "failing" media are nothing new from President Donald Trump.

Coats took the extraordinary step of publicly contradicting Trump shortly after the president's meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, saying the American intelligence community stands by its assessment. He has also floated the idea of revoking White House credentials for reporters who provide negative coverage. "I don't think he was prepared as well as he should have been". But he said Trump "is not making the problem better, he's making it worse".


However, Putin said "powerful" US forces were trying to sabotage what the summit had achieved.

Coats explained of his reasoning and his relations with Trump: 'We started a good relationship.

That rhetoric marked a turnabout from Trump's first, upbeat description of the sit-down.

Putin accused Browder of making campaign contributions to Trump's election rival Hillary Clinton with money he earned in Russian Federation on which he did not pay taxes. Asked the question Wednesday, he "no" answer put him sharply at odds with recent public warnings from his own intelligence chief. "Of course, let's see how events will develop further", Putin said in remarks to Russian diplomats from around the world, without disclosing the nature of the agreements to which he referred.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has spent the week mounting a fierce defense of Trump's outreach to Putin, objected to a proposal from Sen.

Trump has refined and sharpened his presentation since Helsinki.

"It is very clear that virtually nothing happens there of any significance that Vladimir Putin doesn't know about or hasn't ordered". The Republican president accused the news media of distorting comments in which he gave credence to Putin's denials of election interference despite the conclusions of the American intelligence community about Moscow's conduct.

The muddied waters have deepened critics' concerns that Trump is not taking threats to the USA electoral system seriously enough.

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A number of senators swiftly signed on to a bipartisan bill from Sens.

"The Fake News is going insane!" he tweeted.

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