Trump invites Putin to United States as Democrats call for Helsinki details

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 21, 2018

"Say that again?" Coats asked the interviewer.

Just hours before the CBS interview was broadcast, the White House was forced to clarify another statement Trump gave at a Cabinet meeting earlier on Wednesday. Earlier this week, the two had a meeting in Finland. "The challenges posed by Russian Federation are no different, and I hope the president shares my conviction that American strength, not weakness, is the best way to preserve a secure world in the face of adversaries like Russian Federation".

"Now with that being said if it doesn't work out I'll be the worst enemy he's ever had".

The Russian government is pushing for the release of a gun rights activist accused of being a covert agent in the USA, calling her arrest a "farce".

"There are a number of us who warned about this", Mark Warner, the Senate Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, said Friday on MSNBC. "The added funds will provide equipment to support ongoing training programs and operational needs, including capabilities to enhance Ukraine's command and control, situational awareness systems, secure communications, military mobility, night vision, and military medical treatment", the Defense Department said in a statement.

"This issue was discussed", Antonov said, apparently referring to the conflict itself and not a proposal for a referendum.

On Wednesday, the White House said Trump's answer of "no" to a reporter who asked if Russian Federation was still targeting the United States was just his declining to answer questions.

Unbowed by criticism over his Helsinki summit, US President Donald Trump has extended an invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet in Washington, the White House said.

Mr Putin made what Mr Trump called an "incredible offer" during a joint press conference concluding their summit in Helsinki, for which Mr Trump received bipartisan condemnation at home.

So far, Russian officials are the only ones providing information about any agreements discussed at the summit.

The proposal seeks to resolve the four-year-old conflict in Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions that followed Russia's annexation of Crimea.

The invitation seemed to surprise Trump's own Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who was told about it during a live interview at an event in the U.S. state of Colorado. A Republican congressman and former Central Intelligence Agency officer, William Hurd, wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times late on Thursday entitled, "Trump is Being Manipulated by Putin".

Antonov called Monday's summit in Helsinki a "key event" in global politics and laughed off suggestions that the two men made any "secret deals".

He said it was "the president's prerogative" to keep his discussions with Putin to himself. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal planning, said the talks would also cover nuclear proliferation, North Korea, Iran and Syria. He described the proposal as "absolutely outrageous", and said it was merely an attempt to intimidate him.

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