The sharp comments from the two GOP leaders came as senators in both parties began to coalesce around a road map for potential future sanctions against Russian Federation in the wake of Trump’s widely criticized public appearance with Putin last week in Helsinki, Finland, and just one day before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to Capitol Hill for his first public testimony since that meeting.
Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen and Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey also wrote a letter to the White House urging Trump to act on the recent arrests.
While the sanctions proposed by Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrat Bob Menendez were seen by most political risk analysts as unlikely in the near term, new curbs contemplated by other USA lawmakers targeting the energy and metals sectors are more realistic, they say.
Instead, Putin appeared dominant while Trump was deemed by US critics as overly friendly to Russian Federation and possibly even treasonous when he gave credence to Putin’s denials of meddling in the 2016 election despite usa intelligence findings to the contrary. Again, the transcript issue was not the White House’s alone, and it’s arguable that the video was edited to match, and to skip past the moment where multiple people were talking.
What can not be quite as easily explained is why the beginning of Mason’s question was edited out of the video of the event posted on the White House’s YouTube channel. “Putin and Trump may also meet at other worldwide forums they will participate in, such possibilities will surely be discussed”, he said. “You know what the situation surrounding the meeting’s outcome is like in America so we need to wait for things to settle down and then we will be able to discuss these matters in a business-like manner”, he added.
He said the transcript was apparently based on what ran on only one channel of the audio feed. The question was asked and the answer was proffered.
As evidence of this toughness, the president often points to sanctions on Russian oligarchs that he signed into law in August 2017, and to the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats from the United States in March 2018, in response to the almost fatal nerve agent attack on a Russian former double agent in Britain.
Ms. Sanders has been under a more watchful eye from her boss since the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 27, when she remained in her seat during a scathing roasting from a comedian who called her a liar.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the Kremlin had formally turned down the White House behind the scenes, or whether the American side chose to foreclose its offer before getting an official answer from Moscow. It appears to cut off, to some extent, what the interpreter was saying while it focused on the reporter’s question.
Maddow pointed out that in the official White House video of the event, only the second half of Mason’s question can be heard.
In response to The Post’s clarification, Maddow doubled down Wednesday arguing in a tweet thread that “nothing here from WaPo disproves our report” and emphasizing that the “White House has let it stand uncorrected”.