Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump invites Putin to USA for second meeting, stunning security boss

Trump invites Putin to USA for second meeting, stunning security boss

Standing at his side, Putin dismissed the "so-called" interference as a sham, declined to deny that Russian Federation had compromising material on Trump, and offered Russia's help in analyzing US intelligence about his country's own election meddling.

A day after his meeting with Putin, Trump "clarified" his statements at a press conference saying he had full faith in the conclusion of USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 United States election.

Russian Federation is promising to keep Iran away from Israel's borders, but as Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Thursday there is reason to doubt whether they can deliver on that.

The Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki on July 16 was unique and significant, taking place, as it did, during turbulent times of rising confrontation between Russian Federation and the West.

Michael Morell, former deputy and acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said Coats and other national security officials in the Trump administration are just doing their jobs, and the president undermines them and the institutions they lead when he makes "inaccurate statements".

On Thursday, the White House said Trump "disagrees" with Putin's offer to swap the questioning of 12 Russians accused of 2016 election interference for an interview with the former US ambassador.

"You", Mitchell added, "Vladimir Putin coming to the..."

A Reuters Ipsos Mori poll showed 56% of Americans think Putin did interfere on behalf of Trump in the 2016 elections, even if only 32% of Republicans think the same. In other words, Putin and Trump merely emphasized the "necessity" of reforming and restoring inter-state relations, speaking optimistically about the resolution of existing crises.

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Coats, who on Monday roundly defended the intelligence agencies' findings of Russian meddling, also advised against a one-on-one meeting with Putin, saying he "would look for a different way of doing it".

There was more verbal drama at Wednesday's Cabinet meeting, when Trump was asked by a reporter if Russian Federation was still targeting the U.S.

Never mind that the White House has spent three days trying to clean up the political fallout from the summit amid bipartisan criticism, or that the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in 2016 continues apace. Trump was initially warm to the proposal, proposed by Vladimir Putin, calling it "an incredible offer".

The White House released a statement saying that Trump "disagrees" with Putin's proposal.

Critics of Trump's performance in Helsinki included many fellow Republicans. Obviously, the Russians are not willing to merge themselves into US policies, and thus they will maintain their cautious approach in their negotiations with the Trump government.

But this did not prevent him from acknowledging that there are many problems the Helsinki summit could not resolve.

"When you actually look at the substance of what this administration has done, not the rhetoric but the substance, this administration has been much tougher on Russian Federation than any in the post-Cold War era", said Daniel Vajdich, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.

Trump's latest comments on Russian Federation come just a day after he was forced to issue an emergency statement after Monday's disastrous joint press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

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