Trump’s failure at Putin summit will come back to haunt him

Saul Bowman
July 19, 2018

Sky News cameras caught the moment that President Donald Trump winked at Vladimir Putin as the two leaders met to speak about trade, nuclear weapons and China.

This is a stunning moment, because President Trump was putting on both - really on both playing fields - on equal playing fields Russian Federation saying that they didn't do anything and USA intelligence agencies, the FBI, CIA, NSA, all saying that Russian Federation had something to do with meddling in our elections.

President Trump said that Putin told him it was s shame that the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller was driving a wedge between the USA and Russian Federation, and the president agreed. We won't let the president say otherwise, but we're facing a question: "Where do we go from here?"

The White House has struggled to explain why Trump aligned so closely with Putin, and lawmakers in both major parties appeared shocked and dismayed with his suggestion that he believes Putin's denial of interfering in the 2016 elections.

Provizer said Trump questioning US institutions is nothing new, and something that has been seen since the campaign and consistently afterward.

"Inside is a very cold person who's putting his national interests first", Gordon said.

Graham posted on Twitter, "This answer by President Trump will be seen by Russian Federation as a sign of weakness and create far more problems than it solves".

Afterward, Trump's national intelligence director, Dan Coats, restated the consensus of USA intelligence: "We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security".

The president said the summit was a first step building a bridge between the United States and Russian Federation.

Monday on Unfiltered, Cupp absolutely tore into the president for cozying up to his Russian counterpart.

The interview grew combative at times, with Wallace at one point attempting to hand Putin a copy of the special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of the 12 Russian intelligence officers.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Republican, said Trump's comments next to Putin made the United States look like a "pushover". "But I really do want to see the server", he said. The president was also roundly condemned for stating he held "both countries responsible" for the deterioration in US-Russia relations. Not only comments trump Marilyn, he is completely in the pocket of Putin. But several Republicans who don't typically buck the president raised concerns, shocked by Monday's performance.

With this tension, Tchantouridze says Americans should not be too anxious but he says do keep in mind that most of Russia's intercontinental ballistic missiles target the Northeast, as they see it as a seat of power for the country. It seemed unlikely that American authorities would take seriously any such offer from Putin, and some USA lawmakers openly ridiculed the suggestion.

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