Published: Sun, July 22, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Lavrov tells Pompeo: free Russian woman accused in US of espionage

Lavrov tells Pompeo: free Russian woman accused in US of espionage

The top USA intelligence official said Saturday he meant no disrespect to President Donald Trump in a televised interview discussing the summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

And still, President Trump "wants to be friends with Putin for reasons we're all still trying to figure out", she said.

The U.S. director of national intelligence Dan Coats, who on Monday immediately defended intelligence personnel on the election issue, expressed surprise at Trump's invitation on Thursday to Putin to visit Washington in the autumn.

"Some press coverage has mis-characterized my intentions in responding to breaking news presented to me during a live interview". He advised against a one-on-one meeting with Putin, saying he "would look for a different way of doing it". "OK, that's going to be special". One source said there was a belief that if Mr Coats had been in Washington instead of Colorado, he would not have been surprised by the news.

This "clarification" didn't address other remarks in which Trump criticized the U.S.as "foolish" for its approach to Russian Federation and said "I have confidence in both parties".

Mr Trump later made clear he supported the U.S. intelligence community's findings about Russian meddling.

Mr Trump has drawn strong criticism from both Republicans and Democrats over his initial reluctance to blame Russian Federation for alleged meddling in the 2016 United States elections that he won. "Unfortunately, it has become impossible to defend both the president and Republicanism at the same time", she said, adding: "I'm afraid that if our leaders can't find that courage today, we will lose our party forever".

However, he suggested the two did not agree on everything. She said Trump was saying "no" to answering additional questions - although that didn't appear to be the case because he elaborated on Russian Federation.

Intel leader Coats says he intended no disrespect to Trump
These actions are all "generating significant revenues for the regime and they must be stopped", he said . The PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops .

Mr Trump tweeted a list of topics discussed at the summit, including terrorism, security for Israel, Middle East peace, Ukraine, North Korea and more, and wrote: "There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems... but they can all be solved!"

Trump reversed that stance a day later under heavy attack from US politicians of both parties.

The Pentagon and U.S. allies in the region have pushed back at Trump's stated desire to withdraw the relatively small American military contingent now in Syria, where it has organized and armed local proxy forces to fight against the Islamic State.

As Americans groped for information about the meeting, Moscow offered snippets of its version on Friday.

Even top politicians seized on the unexpected response from Coats, asking why even a top intelligence official was unaware of what Trump told Putin in their meeting at Helsinki last week. There is little to no precedent for calling on translators to testify, but members of Congress seem alarmed at the secrecy surrounding Trump's meeting with Putin. He did not spell out what they were. The US has no extradition treaty with Russian Federation, he said.

She said Trump's "frightened fawning over Putin is an embarrassment and a grave threat to our democracy".

Putin has rejected accusations that his government meddled in the election won by Trump.

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