Putin asks US to help in Hermitage Capital Management founder case

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2018

Putin declined to take the copy from Wallace, and the two men repeatedly talked over one another as the Russian president sought to rebuke the U.S. intelligence community's widespread assessment that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election with the aim of boosting Trump and damaging Hillary Clinton's candidacy.

President Donald Trump called Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling a "disaster" as he stood next to Vladimir Putin at a news conference in Helsinki on Monday.

Browder has been a thorn in the side of Putin and his administration for over a decade, as the London-based financier has made it his mission to spread awareness about the growing threat of Russian corruption and influence on Western democracy by sharing his personal experiences with the Russian government.

US President Donald Trump has defended Russian Federation over claims of interference in the 2016 presidential election.

At the news conference, Trump was invited by reporters to offer any criticism of Russian Federation but he repeatedly declined.

Senator Toomey followed up his initial statement with the following tweet.

Senators Jeff Flake, and to a lesser extent, Lindsey Graham, have been among a small group of Republicans in Congress who have occasionally criticized perceived lapses in judgment by Trump since his inauguration previous year. Trump refused to answer.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy was blunter: "This entire trip has just been one giant middle finger from President Trump to his own country".

When pressed - several times by American reporters - Trump cast doubt on conclusions from American intelligence agencies and suggested that he believed the words of the former KGB agent instead.

Trump responded by calling her the "puppet".

"I know President Obama said global warming is our biggest problem, and I would say that no, it's nuclear warming is our biggest problem by a factor of about five million", Trump said. Fox News anchor Bret Baier called the news conference "surreal", while Fox Business veteran Neil Cavuto said the president's inability to take a strong stance concerning the consequences of future cyberattacks directed at the U.S.

"(Spy chief) Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russian Federation. In his full statement, McCain said that "no prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant".

The Russian government allegedly interfered in the election in order to increase political instability in the U.S. and damage Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign by boosting other candidates Trump, Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein.

Prior to the closed-door meeting, the USA and Russian presidents shook hands and Trump did most of the talking, as cameras flashed. "We are not going to develop strategies to counter Russian Federation". The bad Trump now clearly outweighs any policy benefits.

Fellow Idaho Republican Sen. Lemire asked Mr Trump. Some have suggested it is because Russian Federation has some compromising information on Trump.

"He was a rich person, but, well, there's plenty of rich persons in the United States", Putin added. By contrast, 63 percent of Democratic-leaning voters considered Russian Federation as a major threat in January. A federal criminal indictment was filed against a dozen Russians on Friday.

"Frankly, we have not been getting along very well for the last number of years", Trump said.

Trump's election-winning message has always been that America must project power in order to win, and winning is everything. I really believe that this will probably go on for a while, but I don't think it can go on without finding out what happened to the server. "But I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship".

Mr Trump, when asked about a Russian gas pipeline to Germany, noted that the United States and Russia compete in the energy market.

Following President Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump's opponents at home blasted his handling of the meeting.

Trump declined to denounce Russia's interference and even appeared to pin the blame partially on the United States.

Putin revealed little about his agenda in terse remarks at the start of summit. McCain, who was absent, did not vote. "There's mutual respect but it's competitive", Civiello said.

Putin will likely not be shooting for official recognition of Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea or the easing of crippling U.S. sanctions, aware that the U.S. Congress would never allow such action.

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