Bernie Sanders: Trump 'Really Sold the American People Out' in Helsinki Summit

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 21, 2018

Thursday's announcement was the latest unexpected turn in a week in which Trump faced a torrent of bipartisan criticism over his cozy approach to Putin and his conflicting statements about Moscow's election interference, all while brushing aside warnings that Putin should be viewed as an adversary. He said he misspoke when he said be didn't believe Russian Federation was behind any cyber attack, only to backtrack again by saying it "could be other people also" who interfered with the election, CNN reports.

On Thursday, Trump offered fresh remarks, claiming to CNBC he has been "far tougher on Russian Federation than any president in many, many years" and warning that he would be Putin's "worst enemy" if their diplomatic engagement does not work out.

She said: "I think it must once again become normal for Russian and American presidents to meet".

Under mounting pressure, the White House later rejected Putin's request.

On Thursday, the White House announced the two leaders would meet again in the fall, around the time of the congressional midterm elections the United States intelligence community says Russian Federation is trying to meddle in.

"There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems. but they can ALL be solved!"

In Moscow, Anatoly Antonov, Russian ambassador to the US, said it is important to "deal with the results" of their first summit before jumping too fast into a new one.

"The summit with Russian Federation was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media", Trump wrote in a tweet.

US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called for Mr Trump to reveal what he discussed with Mr Putin.

Trump is planning to host Putin for talks in Washington later this year, after a first bilateral meeting in Helsinki on Monday. 'That's going to be special'.

He also reiterated denials of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

On Wednesday, a USA judge ordered Butina jailed until her trial after US prosecutors argued she has ties to Russian intelligence and could flee the United States.

This time it was Trump's endorsement of Putin's idea to have US officials interrogated in exchange for allowing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to sit in as Russian authorities interrogate the 25 Russians charged in his investigation into election meddling.

President Trump reportedly signalled to the Russian leader that it was an "incredible offer" and that he would consider it.

In a series of tweets Thursday morning, Trump argued his summit with Putin "was a great success". Speaking with CNBC, Trump later characterized (and distorted) the exchange as "fools from the media saying, 'Why didn't you stand there, look him in the face, walk over to him, and start shouting at him?' I said, 'Are these people insane?"

And while Clinton has been thoroughly investigated for her actions again and again, to no avail by Republicans, that won't ever stop the conservative mob online from jumping at any chance they get.

Russia's ambassador to the United States says that Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed a possible referendum in eastern Ukraine. "Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the USA democratic process, denigrate Secretary [Hillary] Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency".

The US citizens Russia would like to question are related to Moscow's case against the financier Bill Browder, a fierce Putin critic who was instrumental in the US imposing sanctions in 2012 on top Russian officials accused of corruption.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio also urged the White House to "publicly and unequivocally rule it out".

On Wednesday, a USA judge ordered Butina jailed until her trial after prosecutors argued she had ties to Russian intelligence and could flee the country.

Trump was criticised and quickly retracted a statement earlier this week after he seemed to accept Mr Putin's denial of hacking in their Finland meeting. Other aides said they anxious the president would take what he said as a "personal betrayal". He went to George H.W.'s home. Putin made similar claims at the time.

President Barack Obama welcomed then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to the White House in 2010, and took him on a burger run at a joint just outside the capital.

"Subjecting our diplomats to Putin's thuggery?"

It appeared all in good fun, but Coats was clearly only half-joking, if not 25 percent joking. He just said it's not Russian Federation.

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