'Cheap Shot' Trump Criticisms Meant to 'Undermine' Him, Bossert Says

'Cheap Shot' Trump Criticisms Meant to 'Undermine' Him, Bossert Says

'Cheap Shot' Trump Criticisms Meant to 'Undermine' Him, Bossert Says

- Putin, who denies that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, or US intelligence agencies, which have concluded that Russian agents hacked into the Democratic National Committee computer server and released hacked DNC emails to help Trump's election chances. "The evidence is overwhelming and the president needs to say that and act like it".

He also said he merely wanted to know what agreements Trump and Putin supposedly reached over the course of their two-hour sit-down.

Trump's own director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, said during the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday that he didn't "know what happened in that meeting".

There was a significant danger that left to his own devices, he might have been persuaded by President Putin to do the same in the Baltic states and Poland, which would have provoked an immediate crisis between the United States and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

"And instead, the president did not show the strength that an American president, I believe, should have shown at that moment", Menendez said. Any expression of concern about Russian interference seems, in President Trump's mind, to delegitimize his electoral victory, and consequently his presidency.

The week only worse for the president, his staff, and his party after that, though it's still not clear Trump understands why, just like it's not clear how he could have possibly expected to avoid such an inevitable line of questioning in Helsinki, something his beleaguered aides surely tried to prepare him for ahead of time.

Screenshot  YouTube via Russian Defense Ministry
Screenshot YouTube via Russian Defense Ministry

Contrasting Putin's background as a former KGB agent who uses "penny-ante spy tactics" with Trump's as a former businessman, Bossert said, "We spend our time trying to have productive meetings with foreign leaders".

"You didn't collude with the Russians, or at least I haven't seen any evidence, but Mr. President, they meddled in the elections".

Trump on Wednesday again reignited the controversy when he replied "no" when asked if Russian Federation is still targeting the United States, directly contradicting the current Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

Mr Coats has been under scrutiny since he said he wished Mr Trump had not met one-on-one with the Russian leader and expressed dismay that the president had publicly undermined U.S. intelligence agencies.

While some prominent Republicans in Congress this week pushed back on Trump or criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin, not Barletta. "It's offensive, and it doesn't frankly reflect well on President Trump", Rice said. On both questions, those who say they "strongly disapprove" of Trump's performance outnumber those who say they "strongly approve" by better than 2 to 1. I don't mind him dealing with Russian Federation, I just want to deal with Russian Federation from a position of strength.

Trump's public doubting of Russia's culpability for interference in 2016 - though he tried to "clarify" his remarks a day later - sparked bipartisan condemnation in Washington and sparked congressional lawmakers to look once again for ways to tighten sanctions on the longtime US foe. Chris Van Hollen to address election security and Russian Federation that recently picked up some additional support in the Senate as lawmakers continue to warn of future attempts by Moscow to interfere in USA elections. Marco Rubio of Florida, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he believed the warrants to monitor Page were justified. But this is unlikely to lead to any major change in how he approaches either Trump personally or the relationship with the United States overall.

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