Donald Trump Acknowledges Russian Meddling in 2016 Election

Donald Trump Acknowledges Russian Meddling in 2016 Election

Cheryl Sanders
July 18, 2018

"I have full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies".

McConnell said he was speaking from the Senate because he thinks "it's important for friends and allies to hear from us". "If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves", and "A house divided against itself can not stand".

John McCain, which said "the damage inflicted by President Trump... is hard to calculate", Colbert took his best shot at the math, whipping out an actual calculator and punching in Trump's "egotism, plus naiveté, times false equivalence". "Does anybody feel like just taking it?"

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who attended a larger meeting after Trump's solo encounter with Putin, returned from Helsinki the same night and had no public appearances Tuesday.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that special counsel Robert Mueller should be allowed to finish his investigation into Russia's interference in the U.S. election - and that he would be open to slapping more sanctions on Vladimir Putin's regime.

"The rest of the government understands completely, to a man and a woman practically, that Russian Federation is the Number One threat, and can see with their own eyes Trump's unwillingness to comprehend that fact", said Evelyn Farkas, a former Obama administration official who is now a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.

The libertarian lawmaker, who has been a swing vote for Trump's agenda, said that the Republican president had been unfairly hit with an "onslaught" of allegations since he took office, when it was Hillary Clinton's campaign that is known to have funded a dossier of dirt on her opponent. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be".

Earlier this year, Mattis unveiled a Pentagon strategy identifying Russian Federation as a chief threat to USA military power.

The Russian foreign ministry "liked" his words and tweeted back: "We agree".

"Helsinki has frozen over", Kimmel declared on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

And then, because Trump was not buying any of this script he was reading, he added, extemporaneously: "It could be other people also". Trump touted the summit as a chance to improve ties.

And he hasn't answered questions about exactly what he and Putin said to each other in the long "summit" meeting that occurred before the disastrous presser.

Last week, the US Department of Justice indicted 12 Russians for hacking Democratic Party computers. "And I think we're all to blame".

Trump, the first lady, Shine and Miller were seen in animated conversation aboard Marine One when they arrived to the White House South Lawn on Monday evening. It reflects the results of the meeting and what has happened over the a year ago: "Trump has failed to dominate Putin".

What did he say at the summit with Putin?

The stunning press conference has dominated headlines, and it's also created ideal fodder for political cartoonists.

Perhaps the most impassioned, however, was Noah on The Daily Show.

The woman in this photo is the only person in the world who might give an honest assessment of what went down in the private, 2-hour meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

Coats is Trump's most senior Cabinet-level intelligence authority and oversees USA intelligence operations. Makes the USA "look like a pushover", said GOP Sen. "George H.W. Bush once threw up on the Japanese Prime Minister, and Trump is now on top".

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