“For someone to answer that question definitively, they’d have to crawl inside Mr. Putin’s head”, the Utah Republican said in an interview Thursday, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is joining the chorus of voices criticizing President Trump’s summit in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, said on “Fox News Sunday” that Trump should have “challenged” Putin more on the world stage. “I mean, it was a series of extraordinary capitulations that really do legitimately call into question what is going on”, Rice said.
“I think that probably clarifies things pretty good by itself”, he added.
“Of course I broke no Russian law”, McFaul tweeted Sunday.
Most Americans do not feel Trump went “too far” in supporting Putin, and while more Americans say United States leadership has gotten weaker than stronger under Trump, his ratings on this question are slightly improved from last fall.
“It was important that he [Trump] do that”, Rubio told moderator Margaret Brennan. And I’m glad that he did it, you know? “It’s certainly better than the impression that had been left after Helsinki”. “He just said it’s not Russia”, Trump said, according to transcripts. “The rhetoric can undermine policy and influence policy, but I don’t think we’ve reached that point here with this”.
Rubio, who ran against Trump in the Republican presidential primary in 2016 but exited after losing the Florida primary, said he would never stand with Putin.
Under pressure from Congress, which a year ago passed a tough sanctions law targeting Russia, the US Treasury in April imposed sanctions on Russian officials and oligarchs for election meddling and “malign” activities.
But Coats’ display of surprise upon learning that Trump had invited Putin to Washington this fall for a follow-on meeting drew the president’s ire.
“We also know they have been probing and gathering information about critical infrastructure”, she said, citing the nation’s electrical grid, airline traffic, water systems and nuclear power plants.
Speaking to Howard Kurtz on Fox News’ “Media Buzz” on Sunday, Spicer said that Trump had admitted to fumbling his words when he appeared to side with Putin and cast doubts on USA intelligence conclusions about Russian meddling, but added that Trump in the past had spoken very clearly about Russian hacking. “And the FBI’s job is to protect this country from threats and to lead our counterintelligence”. Now with Pompeo heading the State Department, Coats has been thrust into the limelight as the voice of the intelligence community. “Their assessment of 2016 is accurate”. He said despite the president’s mixed messages, the intelligence community’s findings that Russian Federation meddled in the election is “100 percent accurate”.
“The sanctions are only implemented if Russian Federation is deemed to have interfered in our election”.