Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Putin says he told Trump Russia prepared to extend START treaty

Putin says he told Trump Russia prepared to extend START treaty

Spokespeople for the Justice Department and Mueller declined to comment on Trump's comments or on Putin's purported offers for assistance. 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 Russia's military backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in its seven-year civil war. Putin called the allegations "sheer nonsense".

President Donald Trump refused to confront Vladimir Putin over meddling in the U.S. election at their first face to face summit, publicly challenging the findings of the United States intelligence community and triggering bipartisan outrage at home.

Even some on Donald Trump's favourite news channel, Fox News, weren't buying this bromance with one host describing his performance as "disgusting" and "wrong".

Last week, the indictment of 12 Russian military officers in the hacking and leaking of Democratic party emails shed further light on Russian cyberattacks against the U.S. and attempts to sow discord among the American electorate. "We've all been foolish", he said, before veering into a discussion about his election victory. You complimented Putin while turning a blind eye to clear evidence of attack by Russian Federation.

Sky News cameras caught the moment that President Donald Trump winked at Vladimir Putin as the two leaders met to speak about trade, nuclear weapons and China.

"However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future", he added, "we can not exclusively focus on the past - as the world's two largest nuclear powers, we must get along!"

Coats faced "a choice" after Trump issued a stunning rebuke of the United States intelligence community, saying he doesn't "see any reason why" Russian Federation would be responsible for interfering in the 2016 election - touting Putin's vigorous denial then pivoting to complaints about the Democratic National Committee's server and missing emails from Hillary Clinton's personal account.

The war hero and former Republican presidential nominee said Trump "failed to defend all that makes us who we are - a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and overseas".

Months later, Trump said he fired FBI Director James Comey because of the lingering investigation into Russian meddling and possible collusion with elements of Trump's campaign.

"Interference with the domestic affairs of the United States - do you really believe that someone acting from the Russian territory could have influenced the United States and influenced the choice of millions of Americans?"

Sen. John McCain, meanwhile, issued a statement saying the "damage inflicted by President Trump's naivete, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate". "When the President plays these moral equivalence games, he gives Putin a propaganda win he desperately needs".

During a news conference in Louisville, Paul said dialogue with Putin would help build a better relationship between the USA and Russian Federation.

In an op-ed published Monday Paul said he will visit Russian Federation in the coming weeks "to discuss trade, cultural exchanges and how to better work for peace and prosperity in the world".

"I don't see any reason why it would be" Russia, Trump said.

Astonished Republicans and Democrats uniformly condemned Mr Trump, with harsh criticism coming even from hosts on Fox News - a network normally friendly to the president. If that is anathema to many in Washington, Trump's apparent concessions to Putin over the election controversy drew stinging condemnation from across the political divide.

But the USA leader insisted that his counterpart had delivered a "powerful" denial of any Russian manipulation, and that the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller was proving a "disaster" for the United States.

"Why wouldn't special counsel Mueller send us an official request within the framework of this agreement?" Browder was a driving force behind a U.S. law targeting Russian officials over human rights abuses. Obliquely referencing Putin gifting the Commander-in-Chief a soccer ball, she said, "Trump was so impotent, it's no wonder he leaves the Russian summit with one ball".

"People came to me, [national intelligence director] Dan Coates came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russia", Mr Trump said.

On his way home, Trump insisted in a post on Twitter that he has "GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people".

After the press conference, President Trump told CBS News that he basically believed what he said, that he doesn't think that Russian Federation meddled in our elections.

The two presidents spoke during a joint news conference following talks in Helsinki.

Instead, he tweeted: "Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of United States foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!" The president says it's a "shame" there is a cloud over his administration.

"That was a clean campaign, I beat Hillary Clinton easily", he said at another.

After all, that was the ultimate goal of Russia's election meddling, USA officials have assessed.

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