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Trump Tells Hannity Putin Denied Meddling: He Was ‘Very, Very Strong’

18 July 2018

After Monday's news conference, Putin supporters in Russian Federation were quick to lavish praise on Trump. And what about those Hillary Clinton e-mails anyways?

Senior Republican Senator John McCain said the press conference was "disgraceful" and a "low point" for the U.S. presidency.

In a weekend interview with CBS News, Trump admitted that Russian Federation remains a foe, but he put Moscow on a par with China and the European Union as economic and diplomatic rivals. "However, that changed as of about four hours ago".

A weekly recap of the top political stories from The Globe, sent right to your email. Kimmel asked. "We haven't seen an American so owned by a Russian since 'Rocky IV'". It's ridiculous what's going on with the probe"), boasted about his electoral victory ("We won that race. "33,000 e-mails gone - just gone".

Even staunch Trump backer Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, called Trump's comments "the most serious mistake of his presidency" and said they "must be corrected - immediately".

"For the president of the United States to side with President Putin against American law enforcement, American defence officials, and American intelligence agencies is thoughtless, dangerous, and weak", said Chuck Schumer, the senior Democrat in the Senate. During the press conference, Putin spoke first, and the first question went to a Russian reporter. It was clear whose terms this stagecraft was on. "I think we really had a potential problem", he added.

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It was disgraceful. It was a betrayal, not only of our intelligence agencies but of everyone who has fought against the threat that Russian Federation poses to the United States and its allies.

Dan Coats, Trump's director of national intelligence, promptly made clear he did not share the president's view. He repeated that assertion again Monday, saying Russian Federation has "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

"Yeah. Yeah, I do", Colbert said.

"The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally", said House Speaker Paul Ryan. Most Republicans said nothing. The president said that although he believes U.S.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy was more blunt: "This entire trip has just been one giant middle finger from President Trump to his own country".

"They are having big protests all over the country, probably as big as they have ever had before".

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While Trump was a billionaire, there are plenty of wealthy people in the U.S., and it never occurred to anyone he might run for political office, the Russian president added.

"President Trump has worked with Congress to impose stiff sanctions, expelled Russian diplomats, and led an effort with our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners to strengthen our defenses against Russian aggression". The question now is whether the impact is different in dealing with a foreign adversary.

The Justice Department on Friday indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking Democratic computers as part of a broad subterfuge operation to help Trump win the election. Contrast Trump's reluctance in Helsinki to criticize Putin or any Russian misbehavior with his eager readiness to criticize allies [at last week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit] in Brussels, particularly Germany and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, over defense spending, plus his London interview in which he put the European Union at the top of his list of foes of the United States. "I think that's an incredible offer. OK?"

President Donald Trump issued high praise of his Russian counterpart in an interview following his one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday. But Mr Trump's hold on the GOP is being put to the test by his willingness to align with Mr Putin, a leader whom Republicans routinely describe as an enemy of the United States. The White House has struggled for months to dispel suggestions that Trump was unwilling to stand up to Russian Federation.

For once, Putin had a Western leader standing next to him who rejects his critics in the same way. Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin.

Trump addressed the issue by saying that if such material existed, it would have been released by now. Prominent pro-Kremlin commentator Igor Korotchenko said in an interview that Trump's rejection of his intelligence agencies' conclusions represented a recognition that the interference allegations are "meant to delegitimise Trump". "At 90 percent of the nuclear power in the world between these two nations, and we've had a phony witch hunt deal it drive us apart".

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