Thursday, 16 August, 2018

It's depressingly clear that Trump is unwilling to get tough on Russian Federation

Russia's President Vladimir Putin listens while US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference at Finland's Presidential Palace BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI AFP Getty Images President Vladimir Putin of Russia watches President Trump during Monday’s press conference in Helsinki
Sidney Guerrero | 17 July, 2018, 04:29

Sen. John McCain, Republican of Arizona, called it "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

"I did something that I suspect President Trump did not do in their meeting". That the president was attended in Helsinki by a team of competent and patriotic advisors makes his blunders and capitulations all the more painful and inexplicable."No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant". He repeated that assertion again Monday, saying Russian Federation has "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

Mr Trump laid out a list of topics for discussion that notably did not include Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

But Trump attempted to keep the atmosphere upbeat, saying: 'Getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing, not a bad thing. "But the journalists think it's all about them, which is what tells me that many of them, 'cause I think they still to this day get up every day hoping. this day is gonna be the day that whatever smoking gun evidence is out there is finally revealed that will allow them to get rid of Donald Trump".

"There is general agreement in our intelligence community, really on both sides of the aisle, that there was major Russian interference with our elections, and he kind of shrugs it like well, Putin doesn't think that really happens", says Pingree.

Wrapping up his remarks, Trump initiated a brief handshake with Putin as the assembled press jostled to capture the moment.

"I have great confidence in my intelligence people", Trump said. "But I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today", Trump said. A USA grand jury indicted 12 Russian intelligence agents on Friday for their alleged involvement in hacking email accounts controlled by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign, casting a shadow over the Helsinki summit.

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Trump leaned forward in his chair, his hands tented in front of him and frequently glanced over at the Russian president.

'The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally, ' Ryan, R-Wis., said in a statement. He also attacked his Democratic opponents and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and - when election meddling was mentioned in a question - he said he held both countries accountable for their state of relations.

Beyond election meddling, Huntsman Jr. says there are other issues on the president's plate when it comes to the two nations. And just as alarming for some, Trump also put the two countries on the same footing when casting blame for their strained relations.

"I think we can call it a success", Putin said of their summit.

"For the president of the United States to side with President Putin against American law enforcement, American defense officials, and American intelligence agencies is thoughtless, dangerous, and weak", said Chuck Schumer, the senior Democrat in the Senate.

Democratic California Representative Jimmy Gomez charged: "To side with Putin over U.S. intelligence is disgusting; to fail to defend the USA is on the verge of treason". "Just jaw dropping", he wrote on Twitter. But McCain's statement on Trump's performance in Helsinki is so blistering that it stands alone and is worth spending time on.

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