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Trump talks tougher, now says he warned Putin on meddling

19 Juillet 2018

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he holds Russian leader Vladimir Putin personally responsible for interference in the November 2016 presidential vote, after days of bipartisan anger in Washington for his failure to publicly confront the Russian president Putin over the election interference.

McFaul said the White House, by considering the request, was "assigning moral equivalence between a legitimate indictment of Russian intelligence officers.to a cockamamie fantasy (from Moscow) with no basis in reality". Susan Collins of ME said of Trump's one-word response.

On Monday, Putin 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. He issued a reaction affirming "full faith" in the agencies and their findings on Tuesday. He then walked back those claims amid a bipartisan uproar on Tuesday, told a reporter on Wednesday he didn't believe Russian Federation was still targeting the US and then said on CBS later that evening Putin was only to blame "because he's in charge of the country". They would rather go to war than see this. "I was just saying to myself the other day, you know, Russian Federation really helped us".

So what did he say to Putin about it, then? We never said "Just kidding". 'The president is going to meet with his team and we'll let you know when we have an announcement on that, ' Sanders said.

The two leaders held two hours of closed-door talks with no one else present but the interpreters.

Kate Handley, a 22-year Navy veteran whose husband is still on active duty, said Trump's reluctance to fully support American intelligence agencies also undermines the USA military.

Speaking on Good Morning America Thursday, President Trump's former Homeland Security Advisor and ABC News contributor Tom Bossert said he agreed with critics who have called the idea "appalling". Other Republicans termed it as "disgraceful", "embarrassing" and "shameful".

Then-FBI Director James Comey, from left, then-U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan take their seats to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 25, 2016. The next day, Trump told reporters he had misspoken. Ms Sanders said Mr Trump believes the threat from Russian Federation to undermine those elections still exists. "TIME's new cover: Trump wanted a summit with Putin". Ahead of a cabinet meeting Wednesday, he seemed to have answered in the negative - "No" - to a question if he believed Russian Federation was still targeting the United States.

"Despite the difference in opinions [with Trump], we did agree that Russian-U.S. relations are in an extremely unsatisfactory state".

President Trump is considering allowing prosecutors from the Kremlin to question Michael McFaul, a former US ambassador, and others, Sarah Sanders said on Wednesday.

Other GOP senators pushed back on the idea that Russian Federation is no longer targeting the U.S. Senate intelligence committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., when asked whether there was any doubt that Russian Federation was still targeting upcoming U.S. elections, responded "none", adding Trump "ought to look at the intelligence".

Trump talks tougher, now says he warned Putin on meddling