In a Fox News interview that aired this week after his controversial summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump pushed back when asked if he viewed Russia as an adversary to the United States.
During an interview with CBS News’ Jeff Glor on Wednesday afternoon, Mr Trump said that he would consider Mr Putin personally responsible for any Russian interference.
“I let him know we can’t have this, we’re not going to have it, and that’s the way it’s going to be”, President Trump said.
A day later, Trump walked his statement back, saying he meant to say, “I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia” interfering.
He added: “Some people hate the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russian Federation”.
The Trump administration, she said, is trying a new approach on its relationship with Russian Federation. Russian President Vladimir Putin hates Hillary Clinton, while Trump had shown an affinity for the authoritarian strongman.
Paul said Brennan and Former United States Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who also criticized Trump, “are known for wanting to expand the authority of the intelligence agencies to grab up everyone’s information, including Americans”. Konstantin Kosachev, head of the upper house of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said Thursday the idea sets a unsafe precedent that threats the “the whole idea of diplomacy”, according to Russian news agencies.
Putin faces no serious political opposition at home, and leads a country that has never experienced a democratic transfer of power.
Less than 24 hours after proclaiming Tuesday his “full faith and support for America’s great intelligence agencies”, Trump at first seemed to contradict those agencies once again. The president also answered questions after saying “no”.
In the interview, Trump cited both countries fighting on the same side in World War II. Other things were happening too: voting machines were hacked, and Russian operatives were setting up meetings with the Trump campaign.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who is co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation meant to ratchet up sanctions on Russian Federation if it interferes in future elections, said Trump’s assessment was “not true, it’s not accurate”. “And is his position that ‘No, Russia is not doing anything to interfere or meddle in the 2018 election?'”
Many had called on Trump to bring up the indictments during his one-on-one meeting with Putin.
“It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome!”
Pressed on why Trump has repeatedly passed on opportunities to publicly condemn Putin’s actions, Sanders suggested Trump was working to make the most of an “opportunity” for the two leaders to work together on shared interests.
The White House on Wednesday declined to rule out accepting a Russian proposal for the questioning in the United States of Americans sought by the Kremlin for “illegal activities”, including a former U.S. ambassador to Moscow.
Speaking at a security conference in Aspen, Wray publicly repeated his view that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
‘You look at other people int he Federal Bureau of Investigation that have been fired that are no longer there, ‘ Trump said.
In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington.