Several members of President Donald Trump’s own party blasted him over his summit and joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The two men have agreed there was “no collusion” between Trump’s campaign and Russian Federation in the election, despite an ongoing probe by USA special counsel Robert Mueller into such allegations which Trump labelled a “disaster for our country”.
The Russian president said his country has never interfered and is not going to interfere in American internal affairs.
While standing next to Putin on Monday, Trump proceeded to attack special counsel Robert Mueller, blame the USA for the bad blood between the countries and allow Putin to lie about the interference.
The summit comes right after Trump met with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders, taking a hard stance on demanding they pay their fair share in the military defense alliance that exists to hold Russian Federation and other rogue actors in check.
“It is obvious to everyone that bilateral ties are going through a hard period”. The Cold War has ended a long time ago, the situation in the world has drastically changed.
This was not the first time we had seen Trump’s blame-America-first impulse kick in where Putin is concerned.
Piggybacking off the Russian president’s skepticism of USA law enforcement, Trump called the FBI’s investigation “a disaster” for the United States, breaking with National Intelligence director Dan Coates’ concerns of Russian cyber-attacks.
John Brennan, a former Central Intelligence Agency director, deemed Trump’s performance at the summit so egregious as to support charges of impeachment, tweeting that it “rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors” – the constitutional justification for removal from office.
The press conference occurred after Putin and Trump held a meeting in which they were joined only by translators.
Vladimir Putin has denied that Russian Federation has a secret stash of “compromising material” on Donald Trump.
“We have not been getting along well for the last number of years”, Trump said after arriving at the Presidential Palace in Finland’s capital, where the leaders are meeting. I think it’s kept us apart.
Meanwhile, to the dismay of many of his critics, Trump is adamant about his attempts to improve diplomatic ties with the Kremlin, insisting the two nations must find ways to “cooperate in pursuit of shared interests”.
– Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 16, 2018For 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.
President Vladimir Putin on Monday suggested that Washington question the Russians accused of election interference. Over the past few months, we have talked on the phone and also met several times at various global events. But, Mr. Putin added, he would then expect reciprocity in allowing Russian officials to pursue their case against William Browder, a British investor he accuses of siphoning out of Russia more than a billion dollars from illegal activity.
On Monday, he blamed Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s campaign meddling, which produced the indictments, for poor relations between the countries.
Trump emoted via Twitter, en route to the U.S.
Not surprisingly, those words delighted Russia’s foreign ministry, which retweeted Trump with the comment, “We agree”. Hosts and reporters from CNN, NBC, ABC and even Trump’s favorite “real news” outlet Fox News all bashed Trump following the press conference.
“I wasn’t doing a protest”, Husseini said in an AP interview. “We have discussions on everything from trade to military to missiles to nuclear to China”.