U.S., Russian Federation will ‘work jointly’ to ensure Israel’s security

U.S., Russian Federation will ‘work jointly’ to ensure Israel’s security

Cheryl Sanders
July 17, 2018

"My people came to me, [Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russian Federation".

After a journalist asked a question at their joint press conference Monday in Helsinki using soccer metaphors, Putin pulled out a red-and-white ball and tossed it at Trump, at the neighboring podium.

But any country that can spy does, and any country that can intervene in foreign elections does.

He added that there was "no question" Moscow had interfered in the 2016 election.

"Our nation's top intelligence agencies all agree on that point", he said.

The Senate's number two Republican, Sen. The Russian president said he would like to discuss relations between Russia and the United States and global issues with the U.S. counterpart.

Putin, for his part, said he and Trump have maintained regular contact through phone calls and meetings at worldwide events but "the time has come to have a thorough discussion on various global problems and sensitive issues". That was, I now know, foolish and stupid of me. There was nobody to collude with.

But pressed directly by United States reporters - who Trump has referred to as "enemies of the American people" - whether he would condemn Russian Federation over the empirical evidence of their election meddling, Trump again declined - on the contrary, praising Putin for offering to participate in Mueller's investigation and nodding approvingly as Putin denied his personal involvement.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, weighed in after the summit. The move could be a way to ease tensions with the U.S.as well as shore up Putin's ally, Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

Even Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, notorious for his carefully phrased "diplomatese", did not spare superlatives about the summit's results. He said Russian Federation remained the "most aggressive foreign actor" trying to disrupt the US political system. The good Trump/bad Trump thing. The former Utah governor is in Finland with the president.

The full interview can be seen on Fox News Channel's "Hannity" at 9 p.m. ET. Putin declined to take the copy from Wallace, and the two men repeatedly talked over one another as the Russian president sought to rebuke the U.S. intelligence community's widespread assessment that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election with the aim of boosting Trump and damaging Hillary Clinton's candidacy. And can you warn Putin to not meddle again? Asked if Russian Federation was at all to blame for the poor ties, he said: "I hold both countries responsible".

At a news conference after the summit, he was asked if he believed his own intelligence agencies or the Russian president when it came to allegations of meddling in the election.

Trump's silence on Crimea was a letdown for Ukraine, a fiercely pro-Western nation that wants to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union.

- Trump said, "Putin was incredibly strong and powerful in his denial today".

"He was just saying that everything they put out was actual information", said Wallace. "I can't straddle anymore", Walsh said. I don't see any reason why it would be.

Yet, while Trump's remarks drew criticism in both parties, the reaction was more muted from the Republican side.

Politico's Playbook Power Briefing wondered, "Will (Coats) stay in the administration?" Russian Federation is ranked 148 and the US sits at 45.

FILE - Jon Huntsman Jr., left, the new US ambassador to Russian Federation, raises his hand during a ceremonial swearing-in event with Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, while his wife Mary Kaye holds the Bible Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in Salt Lake City.

Trump faced renewed pressure to confront Putin over Russia's election interference following Friday's indictments. "This is shameful", Flake tweeted.

FILE - Democratic Senate candidate Jenny Wilson speaks during an interview Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in Salt lake City.

But what unites them is their persistent drive to erode the post-Cold War world order by dividing their political enemies, sowing discord among friends - both domestic and worldwide - and walking away from decades-long alliances for the sake of immediate political gains. "It's a punch in the gut", she said. And what I would tell the Russians is exactly what I have told their ambassador and others, is, if you thought it was going to help things, it's actually backfired, because there can be no rapprochement with Russia, no engagement with Russia because of the meddling in the election.

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