Russian official: Trump and Putin reached 'verbal agreements'

19 July, 2018, 16:37 | Author: Myra Gill
  • President Donald Trump seemingly questioned the United States commitment to defending all NATO allies in an interview that aired Tuesday evening

At a minimum, President Trump deserves credit for saying what he should have said to Vladimir Putin, that he accepts the findings of US intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 election.

The former US ambassador to Russian Federation said as much in a tweet that came in response to President Donald Trump, on a day when he said "no" after a reporter asked whether Russian Federation is still targeting the United States.

For the third straight day, President Trump cast doubt on whether he views Russian Federation as a threat, despite warnings from his own government that Moscow continues to target the United States with hostile actions.

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.

Donald Trump has said he accepts the view of United States intelligence that Russian Federation is continuing to meddle in elections. We're not going to have it, and that's the way it's going to be, " Trump said.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has since reiterated his support of the conclusions of multiple intelligence agencies that Russians meddled in the election.

Trump called the notion an "interesting idea" during his press conference with Putin in Helsinki. He told reporters he meant to say, "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be (Russia)", not "I don't see any reason why it would be".

"The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally", Ryan said.

Asked by a journalist before a morning Cabinet meeting whether Russian Federation was still targeting the United States, Trump looked at the reporter, shook his head and said, "No". "President Putin knows this better than anybody, certainly better than the media".


"Many countries owe us", he said in Brussels. In contrast to the U.S. president's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, there was no announcement to blindside regional allies such as a suspension of military exercises.

As Time noted, Trump's 2020 re-election campaign released an ad in the wake of the deadly Charlottesville white supremacist demonstrations previous year that called the press and career Democratic politicians the enemy.

"For instance, we can bring up Mr. Browder in this particular case", Putin said.

Among the names on the list, a Russian official told the Interfax news agency, is that of Michael McFaul, who served as United States ambassador to Russia under Barack Obama.

When asked if she was reversing what the president had said, she answered: "I'm interpreting it, not reversing it".

The Russian leader praised Trump's mediation efforts in North Korea, but slammed his decision to pull out of the global accord curbing Iran's nuclear activities.

Since the press conference, Trump has refined and sharpened his response.

On Tuesday, he said this: "The sentence should have been "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be" Russian Federation".

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