Trump rejects proposal for Russian Federation to interrogate United States citizens

Carla Harmon
July 19, 2018

Donald Trump said Vladimir Putin personally responsible for Russia's election interference.

Putin suggested at the Helsinki summit that he would let USA investigators be present for questioning of 12 Russian intelligence officers charged last Friday on allegations they carried out cyber attacks to interfere in the 2016 US election if Russians could do the same in America for people connected to money manager Bill Browder, a one-time investor in Russia.

"I said the word would instead of wouldn't.I think that probably clarifies things pretty good by itself", Trump said.

Kosachev also said if the summit turns out to be a failure, it won't be the fault of Putin or Trump.

In his comments, Mr Putin said the meeting had been "successful and has led to useful agreements".

Last month, White House chief economic adviser Lawrence Kudlow would not deny Trump's anti-European auto imports plan when pressed by Roll Call. 'The sentence should have been "I dont see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation"'.

Both presidents said after the Helsinki summit that a big step forward had been taken.

Yesterday, Mr Trump accused opponents of preferring to go to war rather than seeing good relations with Russian Federation.

The White House announced Trump's opposition Thursday as the Senate prepared to vote on a resolution telling the president not to honor Putin's request, which would have exposed former USA ambassador Michael McFaul, among others, to Russian questioning.

Graham said Trump was right to criticize previous administrations for their handling of Russian Federation. "Because there is no rule of law, as I said, in Russian Federation".

At a later briefing, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the president was saying "no" to answering questions, not to the question itself. "On the contrary, they are quite powerful and strong if they can, excuse my crudeness, force-feed millions of their people various stories that are hard to digest in normal logic". "And here we are almost two decades later, and I'm here to say, the warning lights are blinking red again". "A year and a half into his presidency, Trump's puzzling affinity for Putin has yet to be explained", Bennett wrote. The Russian President suggested special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators could come to Russia to question the two dozen Russians that have been charged with interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

But Mr Trump also appeared to question whether such statements would have an impact on Russian Federation.

"I don't think there is one member of Congress, on either side of the aisle, that believes it is remotely smart to require our former ambassador, Mr. Browder or any other person to submit to interviews by Putin's government", Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said.

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