Intel chief says Russia meddling in US ‘ongoing’

Friday, 20 Jul, 2018

This view has been compounded by Trump's performance during a press conference with Putin in which he appeared to side with the Russian leader over the U.S. intelligence community on the subject of Russian election interference.

It comes after Mr Putin, asked in Helsinki whether he would extradite the 12 Russian intelligence agents indicted in the USA for hacking Democratic Party computers, said he would meet the United States government "halfway".

Donald Trump has asked his national security adviser to invite Vladimir Putin to the White House in the autumn.

Dan Coats, President Donald Trump's director of national intelligence, doubled down Thursday in his criticism of the president ― specifically, Trump's apparent desire to downplay the matter of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

She continued: "Why should this president have any credibility to Americans in what he says if, in fact, 24 hours later - or in this case three hours later - the White House comes out and says, 'just kidding?'"

Donald Trump has not hesitated to call Democrats and the press the "enemy of the American people", but apparently he draws the line at Russian Federation. "I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed, including stopping terrorism", the president said. "There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems ... but they can ALL be solved!"

"I don't think there is one member of Congress, on either side of the aisle, that believes it is remotely smart to require our former ambassador, Mr. Browder or any other person to submit to interviews by Putin's government", Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said.

After Trump claimed that he simply misspoke when he, essentially, absolved Russian Federation of guilt for meddling in the United States 2016 presidential election, most Americans determined that Trump was simply backtracking in a poor attempt at damage control.

"That's not my role".

That was seen as naive and insulting by Putin's critics, who say he displays contempt for democracy. I say to them we are professionals.

That assertion would contradict the assessment of United States intelligence chief Dan Coats, who said on Monday that Russian Federation was involved in "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

TRUMP: "Yeah and I've said that before, Jeff".

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

I mean, that really sums up where the national intelligence director and the president stand right now.

Mr McFaul said the request from Mr Putin was "ridiculous", and it was also rubbished by the Senate, where all 98 politicians voted to support a resolution against allowing Russian Federation to question U.S. officials. Nuclear proliferation between Russian Federation and the United States, that's 90 per cent of the nuclear weapons. He also warned of the need to be "ever-vigilant" and "relentless".

"I had a chance to speak with the president after his comments".

"The president has made clear to Vladimir Putin that he should stay out of USA elections", Sanders replied.

"Given the public concessions" Trump made to Putin "by siding against the U.S. intelligence community, law enforcement, and our military officials about Russia's attack on our democracy, Congress and the American public deserve to know the details of their private conversation", Pascrell said in the letter. It has remained unclear, however, what the president is seeking to accomplish from his negotiations with his Russian counterpart.

The White House retreated from what Trump had called Putin's "incredible offer" during the Helsinki summit, revising its position just before the Senate voted overwhelmingly against the plan.