Trump's Two Hours Alone With Putin Still Rattling Washington

Paola Ditto
Luglio 23, 2018

"The evidence is overwhelming and the president needs to say that and act like it".

"The sentence should have been: 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation, '" he said.

The potential for Trump to host Putin at the White House later this year for a follow-up summit drew bipartisan opposition in the wake of last week's meeting.

The application identifies Page by name and says that he engaged in "clandestine intelligence activities" on behalf of Russian Federation.

"I and the entire intel community are committed to providing the best possible intelligence to inform and support President Trump's ongoing efforts to prevent Russian meddling in our upcoming elections, to build strong relationships internationally in order to maintain peace, denuclearise risky regimes and protect our nation and our allies". He asked his interviewer, "Say that again, did I hear you?"

The US Justice Department has released a previously classified application to wiretap former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, who was under suspicion by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of being a Russian agent. "So bad for our country!" rued the president who has been slammed by the U.S. media and political opponents after his joint press conference with Putin in Helsinki, Finland last week. "I just think it's important that any conversation we have with Vladimir Putin is with the person who he really is".

"We need to know everything, and the president's national security team needs to know everything" about the leaders' two-hour meeting in Helsinki on July 16, Susan Rice, national security adviser to President Barack Obama, said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "There are things to discuss with the Russians, but we should have come into that meeting very well prepared, pressing our grave concern about Russian interference in our elections", she said.

However, even as she encouraged voter turnout, as WNYC's Alec Hamilton reports, "Clinton expressed concerns about the security of that November midterm election, saying that the country lacks the infrastructure and leadership to safeguard against further cyberattacks". I support that. But you must come prepared.

"There is no way you can listen to the evidence and not conclude, not that the Democrats were the victims, but the United States of America were the victims".

But according to Gowdy, what Trump said and the circus that followed, is unacceptable. "He was a total patsy".

Former Secretary of State Clinton questioned the format of the summit, saying that while one-on-one meetings sometimes happen with friendly heads of state, it's less usual with a Russian president.

Trump and Putin's discussion in their private meeting has not been disclosed, but Russian ambassador Anatoly Antonov said Wednesday Trump made "important verbal agreements" on issues such as the Ukraine and the conflict in Syria.

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