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White House opted for Russian Federation indictments before Putin meeting

White House opted for Russian Federation indictments before Putin meeting

Trump's Helsinki press conference with Putin, and his endorsement of the Russian President over his own intelligence services, has fed outrage and concern about Trump's motivations, as well as what transpired during the closed-door session.

Standing alongside Putin in Helsinki, Trump told reporters he was not convinced it was Moscow. "A lot of people out there".

His backtracking failed to quell the controversy.

Trump's damage control efforts have not so far been well accepted even within his own party.

"This is simply false", said Sen. In the room of the White House, where the meeting took place the American leader with the media, the lights went out, when trump spoke about the work of the intelligence services. Flake said his goal is to bring the proposal to the Senate floor and have it pass with unanimous consent by this week or next.

President Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Putin (and Russia) walked away with a massive victory on the geopolitical stage exclusively because the President of the United States can't understand that regardless of what Russian Federation did in the 2016 election, he's still the President.

Foreign policy analysts said Trump should immediately reject the idea of Russian prosecution of McFaul and Browder, saying Putin is targeting them because they have spotlighted corruption within the Russian government.

Flake said Congress needs to also find out if additional sanctions on Russia are appropriate, and also ensure the Russian nationals indicted in Mueller's investigation are brought to justice.

In a follow-up tweet, Trump wrote that Russian Federation has agreed to help in delicate negotiations with North Korea.

"There's nothing to consult about", tweeted Dan Shapiro, U.S. ambassador to Israel during the Obama administration.

Even before the allegations of Russian meddling, tensions were high over Moscow's concerns about North Atlantic Treaty Organisation expansion, Russian annexation of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 and its military backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war.

He made no mention of having walked back comments at his summit press conference that suggested a lack of confidence in USA intelligence agencies.

Chairman of the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, Republican Senator Bob Corker, said that Putin "only understands the language of strength".

Trump considers the EU's 10 percent tariff on cars to be unfair compared to the USA 2.5 percent tariff, although the United States maintains a 25 percent tariff on pickup trucks.

Republicans may have been relieved, but they still have questions about that two hour meeting with Putin.

Critics have accused him of siding with Russian Federation over his own country by failing to criticize Moscow for what US intelligence agencies a year ago described as Moscow's interference in the 2016 election in an attempt to sow discord, aid Trump's candidacy and disparage Trump's Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. 13 Russian nationals were indicted in February for violating criminal laws with the intent of meddling "with US elections and political processes" as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation in Russia election interference.

Former CIA Director John Brennan called President Trump's news conference with Putin "nothing short of treasonous".

Russia's political and media establishment heralded the summit as a victory for Putin in breaking down Western resolve to treat Russian Federation as a pariah.


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