Friday, 16 November, 2018

NY Times: Trump Learned Extent of Russian Meddling Before Inaugural

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak at a summit President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak at a summit
Ellis Copeland | 20 July, 2018, 23:28

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.

"We believe that the threat still exists, which is why we are taking steps to prevent it", spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters at the White House daily briefing, Efe reported.

Many on Capitol Hill, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, plainly stated their support for the conclusions of investigators that Russian Federation interfered in the election after the presidents' Helsinki meeting.

The White House and the State Department are at odds over Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to allow the USA access to Russians accused of election meddling in return for interviews of Americans accused by the Kremlin of unspecified crimes.

"I had a chance to speak with the president after his comments, and the president was - said, "Thank you very much, ' and was saying 'no" to answering questions", Sanders said.

That didn't explain why Trump, who had tweeted a half-dozen times and sat for two television interviews since the Putin news conference, waited so long to correct his remarks.

President Trump's relationship with President Putin is under increasing scrutiny, even by those on the right.

But when asked if Russian Federation was still targeting the United States, Trump appeared to reply "no" - an assertion that would contradict the assessment of USA intelligence chief Dan Coats, who said Monday that Russian Federation was involved in "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy". "We've recently heard that two more people suffered from the same nerve agent that is called Novichok, but I've never even heard the last names of these persons". They would rather go to war than see this.

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Trump has been under bipartisan fire in Washington for failing to publicly confront Putin over the election interference at the press conference that followed their Helsinki talks. However, Russia has denied the allegations.

Mr. Trump said he also accepts Coats' assessment that the threat from Russian Federation is ongoing.

The New York Times cited several people who attended a highly classified intelligence briefing January 6, 2017 who confirmed Trump was told about Putin's involvement. "On the world stage in front of the entire globe, the President of the United States essentially capitulated and seems intimidated by Vladimir Putin".

On Monday, Trump sent shockwaves through the USA when during a joint press conference with Putin he brushed aside the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 United States presidential election.

Trump said: "I let him know we can't have this".

Trump also noted that he was "very strong" on Putin during a private meeting at the summit and suggested that his stance was firmer than his predecessor's. "Big results will come!"

Trump discussed some of these things directly, face-to-face with Putin, she said. "There are lots of people out there".

The president has routinely dismissed the investigation into the Russian cyberattacks as both a hoax perpetrated by Democrats and a "witch hunt" aimed at undermining his presidency.

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