21 July, 2018
It's easy to lump this in with all of the other abnormal things Trump does each and every day in the White House.
Sanders denied that was what the White House was doing.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, in the face of repeated questioning from reporters, insisted that Trump was saying "no" to further questions from reporters and not replying to the query about Russian Federation.
There was no immediate reaction from the Kremlin to the invitation.
"Say that again", National Intelligence Director Dan Coats responded, when informed of the invitation during an appearance at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. "That's going to be special".
Despite the public statement from Coats, Trump initially had been unwilling to back down from Helsinki remarks, according to a person familiar with deliberations.
Trump said he accepted the intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation had meddled in the election, and offered a rambling explanation of his assertion that he could not see "any reason" why Russian Federation would interfere.
President Donald Trump said Wednesday he holds Russian President Vladimir Putin "responsible" for Russian interfering with the USA election in 2016, even as he declined to call him out as a liar in an interview with CBS News Wednesday. Trump initially had described the idea as an "incredible offer". It was Congress' first formal rebuke of Trump's actions from the summit and its aftermath.
On Wednesday, Republican Sen.
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Democratic lawmakers erupted into chants of "USA!"
Less than 24 hours after proclaiming his "full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies", President Trump contradicted those agencies once again. Was Secretary Pompeo briefed afterwards on what happened?
"I let him know we can't have this, we're not going to have it, and that's the way it's going to be", Trump said in an interview with the American CBS cable network.
The two leaders held two hours of closed-door talks with no one else present but the interpreters.
HORSLEY: He said that he'd given Putin a very strong warning against meddling in the 2018 election. Trump just keeps making excuses for Russian Federation and finding ways to undermine what his own intelligence agencies are telling him about the threat posed by Putin and his country.
Schumer said Wednesday the president is "walking back the walk-back". At the time, White House officials worked to convince a skeptical president that the Nordic capital would serve as a more effective backdrop and warned of a firestorm should a West Wing meeting go through.
The president held a closely watched summit with Putin this week in Finland. "I think I'm speaking for John Brennan and Mike Hayden, it's nearly a badge of honor, when the President sees fit to go after individual private citizens", said Clapper.
USA intelligence officials have said Russian election interference efforts are continuing and now target the upcoming congressional elections in November. Democrats say the woman who translated for Trump - and the notes she took during the meeting - could provide critical information about what transpired.
So, yeah. And that's far from the only time that Coats - not to mention Secretary of State Mike Pompeo - has said publicly that the threat posed by Russian Federation is real and active.