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Putin: 'Stupid' Trump critics are creating 'anti-Russian sentiment'

19 Mai 2017

Spicer has taken to offering only short responses to questions or dodging entirely, as he has done repeatedly under pressure from the press corps to elaborate on whether Trump has "tapes" of private conversations with Comey, as the president has insinuated.

It is extraordinary for a president to share such information without consent of the country that collected it, apparently violating the confidentiality of an intelligence-sharing agreement with Israel.

Russia, despite recent Republican efforts to whitewash its reputation, is not a US ally.

Putin on Wednesday joked that his Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov "hasn't shared those secrets with us". He dismissed outrage over Trump's disclosures as USA politicians whipping up "anti-Russian sentiment".

The former KGB operative said he wasn't yet ready to judge Trump's nascent presidency and would only do so "when he's allowed to work at full capacity", ostensibly referencing the tidal wave of legislative resistance that's greeted most of the items on Trump's agenda.

"We can't deal with speculation and innuendo and there's clearly a lot of politics in play", Ryan said.

Putin then made light of the accusation: "By the way, I talked to him (Lavrov) about it today, and I will have to give him a reprimand because he didn't share those secrets neither with us, with me nor with the representatives of the security services".

The White House quickly denied the report, saying in a statement it was "not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey". The FBI is investigating Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

He said he would give the Federal Bureau of Investigation a week and then "if we need a subpoena, we'll do it".

Putin on Wednesday also slammed critics who spread allegations about Trump's ties with Russian Federation.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, said: "It would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the White House". "The President didn't just walk up to the line, he stepped over it without a moment's hesitation and threw aside decades of institutional precedent separating the Federal Bureau of Investigation from the White House". On February 13, Flynn resigned from his post, acknowledging that he had provided White House officials with "incomplete information" over a phone call he'd had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

Ushakov said "any contacts" with the US president are "important" but he would not reply to the question whether the classified information that Trump reportedly shared with Lavrov and Kislyak was valuable for Russian Federation. The agent said that firing Director Comey was a "big gamble" on Trump's part. No evidence has been presented to suggest Trump campaign officials worked with Russian Federation.

The Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday asked Mr Comey to appear before the panel in both open and closed sessions.

Staff members are being forced to strategically include the President's name in the reports to ensure that he keeps reading and doesn't get distracted, they said. When he sat down last week with NBC News' Lester Holt, the anchor asked the president if he'd asked Comey to drop the investigation.

The administration spent the first half of Tuesday defending Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials. Although top aides on Monday had declared reports about Trump's discussions false, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster on Tuesday sought instead to downplay the significance of the information Trump revealed.

And the reason Trump tweeted what he did about Comey is because the New York Times had just reported Trump sought a loyalty pledge from Comey at a dinner shortly after Trump's inauguration.