Published: Fri, July 20, 2018

Senate unanimously opposes Russian Federation questioning U.S

Senate unanimously opposes Russian Federation questioning U.S

A day after his meeting with Putin, Trump "clarified" his statements at a press conference saying he had full faith in the conclusion of USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 United States election.

Before McConnell announced Thursday's vote on the Schumer-Menendez-Schatz resolution, Senate Republicans blocked two efforts to bring up resolutions affirming lawmakers' support for the intelligence community's assessment, the special counsel's probe into alleged ties between Trump and the Kremlin, and urge the president to take a harder stand against Russian Federation.

Never mind that the White House has spent three days trying to clean up the political fallout from the summit amid bipartisan criticism, or that the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in 2016 continues apace. But, when asked by Glor if that means Putin lied to him at their one-on-one, Trump said he wouldn't go that far.

Trump tweeted a list of topics discussed at the summit, including terrorism, security for Israel, Mideast peace, Ukraine, North Korea and more, and wrote: "There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems... but they can ALL be solved!" "The White House has announced on Twitter that Vladimir Putin is coming to the White House in the fall".

Numerous lawmakers have criticized Trump for his post-summit statements raising doubts about Russia's interference in the 2016 USA elections, and past and current intelligence community officials also differed with many of his statements.

The invitation comes as the White House has faced a tumultuous week in the aftermath of Trump's controversial summit with Putin in Helsinki.

In a rebuke to the president, the Senate - controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans - unanimously approved a resolution expressing congressional opposition to any US officials being questioned with Russian officials.

To represent that moment, visual artist Nancy Burson merged the faces of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin into a still image.


A CBS News poll released Thursday found more Americans see Mr. Trump as too friendly toward Russian Federation now than they did a year ago.

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell hastily arranged the vote as lawmakers unleashed an avalanche of resolutions and other proposed actions expressing alarm over Trump's meeting with Putin and the White House's shifting response.

"I just felt at this point in time that what we had assessed and reassessed and reassessed and carefully gone over still stands and that it was important to take that stand on behalf of the intelligence community and on behalf of the American people".

The White House hasn't commented yet on the allegation but in a series of tweets in the hours after publication, Trump once again slammed the news media over the Russian Federation summit as the "enemy of the people". In a story explaining the cover, the editors said the merged image represents the conflict between the question of alleged collusion with Russian Federation and the question of whether Russian Federation attempted to influence the 2016 presidential election.

At the Aspen event Thursday, Mitchell asked Coats about his thoughts on the president's remarks in Helsinki.

He said he is "far tougher on Russian Federation than any President in many years, many years".

President Putin announced an array of new nuclear weapons in March in one of his most bellicose speeches in years, saying they could hit nearly any point in the world and evade a USA -built missile shield.

"We will see how things develop further", Putin said, evoking unnamed "forces" in the USA trying to prevent any improvement in relations and "putting narrow party interests above the national interest".

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