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Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

President Trump Says He Holds Putin 'Responsible' for Election Meddling

President Trump Says He Holds Putin 'Responsible' for Election Meddling

Donald Trump has said he accepts the view of USA intelligence that Russian Federation is continuing to meddle in elections.

Putin outlined his proposal at a news conference following the summit, and said that his government would like to question Hermitage Capital chief executiveWilliam Browder, a longtime Kremlin antagonist who lobbied the US government to adopt a law authorizing sanctions against Russian officials accused of human rights abuses.

"But what I do want to know from Pompeo is whether or not any agreements were reached" between Trump and Putin, he said.

"No", Trump told reporters at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday afternoon in response to a question regarding whether Russian Federation was still targeting USA elections. "This is Trump once again playing Putin's weak, frightened dupe".

The president's response, as it was initially understood by the media, including CBS News, seemed to contradict Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats' statement released shortly after the president's summit in Helsinki, which said the intelligence community has "been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

JEFF GLOR: But you haven't condemned Putin specifically.

The US President even went so far as to name a syndrome after himself, apparently without realising the obvious irony.

"I had a chance to speak with the president after his comments, and the president was - said, "Thank you very much, ' and was saying 'no" to answering questions", Sanders said.

Asked by reporters before a Cabinet meeting whether Moscow was still targeting the United States, Trump shook his head and said, "No".

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He read from a statement where he said he supported USA intelligence that had found that Russian Federation had interfered.

He accused people of simply hating the fact he was on friendly terms with Mr Putin at their summit in Finland on Monday, when he sensationally said he trusted Mr Putin over his own intelligence agencies.

The US president also spoke on Wednesday of his summit with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders in Brussels, saying "incredible progress" had been made "toward achieving greater peace, security and prosperity for America and for our allies".

The president's assertion would conflict with a statement issued Monday by National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, who said Russian Federation has "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

"I can only say that I do have confidence in our intelligence agencies as now constituted", Trump said.

She added that it's "our goal" to stop any foreign meddling and that Trump made clear during his meeting with Putin to "stay out of USA elections".

In a statement, Judy Jenner, a spokeswoman for the American Translators Association, said, "We have codes of ethics for many fields of interpreting. but I do not see how those codes of ethics would supersede a congressional subpoena". I will tell you though, it better not be.

"I think we did extremely well", he added.

Earlier Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter to insist that the summit had been a success, citing the "many positive things" he expects to come from the meeting.

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