Emanuel: Take away Trump's security clearance after summit with Putin

Paola Ditto
Luglio 18, 2018

President Trump on Tuesday reversed course on comments he made appearing to side with Russian President Vladimir Putin instead of his own intelligence agencies.

President Donald Trump says he meant the opposite when he said in Helsinki that he doesn't see why Russian Federation would have interfered in the 2016 US elections.

"He was nearly was reading this, very much an example of a White House in damage control mode, where the communications team has worked very hard to parse the statement of the president in Helsinki and try to turn it into something other than what many people believe they witnessed - and that was a president standing apart from his intelligence agencies and the conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 U.S. election", said Halkett.

Carlson asked Trump about the remarks, to which Trump responded by calling Brennan "a very bad person". Trump never admits he was wrong, so his attempt at a do-over yesterday - saying he meant to say he didn't see a reason why Russian Federation "wouldn't" have interfered in the election, instead of "would" - is an indication that even he realizes he finally hit the wall.

"I don't know if I've ever thought this, but I did yesterday: Can you actually take away a president's security clearance, since they shouldn't be getting intel from the intel community?" he said.

The letter comes after Trump shocked Washington on Monday when he refused to condemn Russia's election meddling during a joint press conference with Putin.

But while Trump expressed his 'full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies, ' he insisted that 'Russia's actions had no impact at all on the outcome of the election'.

But muddling his message, Trump added that it "could be other people also". "It's 24 hours too late, and in the wrong place", Schumer said. "There was no collusion with the campaign".

Rosenstein said he briefed Trump about the indictment before Friday's announcement and that the timing was determined by 'the facts, the evidence, and the law'.

Trump will meet with members of Congress on Tuesday after many lawmakers criticized his performance at the summit, the White House said. Every US intelligence agency has concluded that Russian Federation did.

Former House speaker and longtime Trump ally Newt Gingrich put it bluntly.

"It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected - immediately", he tweeted as Trump headed home.

By Tuesday afternoon when he faced the cameras, Trump had changed tack.

Since then, the US President has backtracked on his comments.

"We stand by our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and all those countries who are facing Russian aggression", Ryan said. "Vladimir Putin does not share our interests, Vladimir Putin does not share our values". "We've never had our president go on a foreign tour and categorize our allies as foes".

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