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Sen. Lindsey Graham says Trump's tough talk "not working" on Putin

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee blasted Trump suggesting he “acts like he’s compromised.” Rep. Adam Schiff D-Calif. was responding to Trump’s apparent acceptance during a news conference last week of Putin’s denial that Video: Trump on DNC Server
Glenn Montgomery | 23 July, 2018, 14:51

On Thursday, the White House announced the two leaders would meet again in the fall in Washington, around the time of the congressional midterm elections the U.S. intelligence community says Russian Federation is trying to meddle in.

Trump met with Putin privately for more than two hours in Helsinki Monday, with only their interpreters present for the meeting, which Schiff said was advantageous to Russian Federation.

Bossert insisted that Trump's private conversation with Putin in Helsinki was "productive", despite the mainstream media's predictable narrative and the Russian government's spin.

"And the fact that Dan Coats doesn't [know] is no failing on Dan Coats" part", the congressman said, referring to Trump's director of national intelligence, who said Thursday he didn't "know what happened" in the one-on-one meeting between Trump and Putin. "If he had asked me how that ought to be conducted, I would have suggested a different way". Gowdy made his remarks during an interview on television's "Fox News Sunday". But this is unlikely to lead to any major change in how he approaches either Trump personally or the relationship with the United States overall.

Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has previously backed the USA intelligence community's findings on Russian Federation and actions taken by the FBI in its investigations of the matter. "It's a very, very uncomfortable and, indeed, unsafe situation for the United States to be in".

"So bad for our country!" rued the president who has been slammed by the USA media and political opponents after his joint press conference with Putin in Helsinki, Finland last week.

Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump met in Helsinki last week for their first joint summit, after which the USA leader invited his counterpart to visit Washington this fall.

Presidential aides said that they were also concerned that the DNI's comments would be interpreted by Trump as a personal betrayal, who lavished praise towards Coats in a recent interview with CBS News. I'll give you credit for that Mr. President, but it's not working.

Mr Coats has previously said Russian Federation has attempted to undermine U.S. democracy. On Tuesday, Trump said he needed to "clarify" one word he said during the press conference.

"I'm glad [Trump] said what he said, because it left the impression that somehow we were siding with Putin versus our intelligence agencies", Rubio said on "Face the Nation" Sunday.

"What I think is indisputable is that they did interfere and they will do so in the future", Rubio said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Asked by Stephanopoulos whether Rice thinks Trump is "compromised by Russian Federation", she said she doesn't "know what his motivations are".

He said Mr. Trump missed an opportunity to bolster the USA intelligence community's case against Russian actors by seeming to trust Mr. Putin, who said he didn't meddle.

Under pressure from Congress, which a year ago passed a tough sanctions law targeting Russia, the US Treasury in April imposed sanctions on Russian officials and oligarchs for election meddling and "malign" activities.

Barletta also sounded different than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who said "the European countries are our friends, and the Russians are not" following a trip in which Trump also harshly criticized traditional allies at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit over what Trump called "delinquent" defense spending. "You need to be the leader of that movement and you need to work with Congress to come up with new sanctions because Putin's not getting the message. you've been tougher than Obama".

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