U.S. Spy Chief Pushes Back on Trump Over Russia's Election Hack

18 July, 2018, 02:49 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki Finland Monday

Trump was an advocate for the U.S. World Cup bid.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who has criticized the president's posture toward Russian Federation in the past, called it "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., called it "bizarre." Sen.

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who has frequently sparred with the president, tweeted that the remarks were "shameful". And Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., tweeted that it was a "bad day for the United States".

"During today's meeting, I addressed directly with President Putin the issue of Russian interference in our elections".

Anderson Cooper has never been one to hold back when it comes to critiquing President Donald Trump.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, a golfing partner of the president, called the event a "missed opportunity" for Trump "to firmly hold Russian Federation accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections". "Absent his cooperation in achieving that justice, the United States should impose tough new sanctions on Russian Federation". There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation, which remains hostle to our most basic values and ideals.

Even by the upside-down standards of 2018, the sight of a USA president standing alongside a Russian one and attacking an investigation by this country's Justice Department was disgraceful.

Chris Cuomo took to social media as well to call the president's approach 'embarrassing'.

Democrats pleaded with their GOP colleagues who have majority control of Congress to rein in the president and become a stronger legislative check on the executive branch.

Putin presented Trump with a soccer ball at the press conference, declaring "now the ball is in your court".

Trump is yet to officially reply to any criticisms as of yet. "For us, it's a closed question", he said.

Casey, D-Scranton, said that Trump attacked and diminished law enforcement and intelligence agencies during the news conference and did so on foreign soil and in front of a "hostile dictator".

"[Director of National Intelligence], Dan Coats came to me and some others".

At the time, Flake tweeted that the indictments reaffirmed that Russian Federation interfered with the elections.

"That will go to my son Barron", Trump said. "But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake". US intelligence agencies have concluded Russian Federation did interfere, but the Kremlin has denied state involvement.

Graham also called for Congress to hold hearings on "the extent and scope of any cooperation with Russian Federation in Syria regarding Iran's presence". A former chairman of the Republican National Committee even said Trump was acting like he was an "asset" next to his "handler". Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., called it "unacceptable".

Former CIA Director John O. Brennan tweeted that Trump's behavior exceeds the threshold of high crimes and misdemeanors.

"Shameful, disgraceful, treasonous - those are some of the descriptions of what President Trump did today in Helsinki, " Fox's Shepard Smith said to open his news show. Republican Patriots: "Where are you???"

Democrats across the board slammed Trump for his comments in Helsinki.

I disagree with the president's comments. "There is nothing about agreeing with a thug like Putin that puts America First".

At least one Republican, Sen. Russian Federation is our adversary. "It's Trump derangement syndrome".

"As you know, the House Republicans have been pushing a provision in the defense bill that would create a loophole in sanctions targeted at Putin's defense and intelligence sectors", he told reporters.

Trump had winked at Putin as he met him at the summit.



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