Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Lights go out during Trump statement at the White House

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Kenny Thornton | 20 July, 2018, 16:03

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his meeting with Vladimir Putin would lead to "big results", in a continuing bid to calm a storm over his failure to criticize the Russian leader for Moscow's actions to undermine the 2016 US election.

Earlier this week, Trump also had an extensive one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, where he said they discussed reducing nuclear weapons worldwide.

A White House officials says that the words he used in Tuesday's comments were his own.

On Tuesday, Trump said that while he accepted the "intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 election took place", it could "have been other people also".

Blame it on that pesky double negative.

Meanwhile, Coats responded to Trump's statement by issuing his own, in which he reiterated the consensus among United States intelligence agencies over Russia's intervention in the 2016 election, and argued that the U.S. intelligence offers "objective and untarnished" reports with the goal of protecting American national security.

"That has me concerned because if the President doesn't believe our intelligence services, doesn't believe that those indictments are appropriate, then the administration might not work as hard as they should to bring these people justice", he said. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., the Senate's top Democrat.

As the report noted, the bookmaker Paddy Power had the odds of Donald Trump being impeached at 8-to-1 before the summit, and it shot up to 2-to-1 this week. "It's 24 hours too late and in the wrong place", he said.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign has increasingly put pressure on the White House.

Trump initially sounded a defensive note on Tuesday, insisting his meeting with Putin had been "even better" than his one last week with traditional allies NATO - a testy gathering seen as having badly strained trans-Atlantic ties. "We've never had our president go on a foreign tour and categorize our allies as foes".

EU, Japan to sign massive trade deal as US puts up barriers
The difference reflects exceptions on such products as rice, which enjoys strong political protection from imports in Japan. The partnership includes Australia , Mexico , Vietnam and other nations, although the United States has withdrawn.

Even before Monday, Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who is running to unseat three-term Democratic Sen.

Putin said, "I want to confirm that Russian Federation is interested in this development and. will act accordingly", but neither leader was very clear about what the next steps would be.

And on Tuesday evening, Trump was feisty on Twitter again as he defended his meeting with Putin and took aim at one of his favorite targets.

When Putin militarily intervened in Ukraine in 2014, President Barack Obama called Russian Federation a "regional power" that threatened its neighbors out of weakness, not strength.

But try and tell that to many in the US Congress, angered at Trump's acquiescence to Putin's denials, who lined up to assail Trump's handling of the summit as a surrender of US interests.

Trump received criticism from both sides of the aisle over remarks he made in his post-summit news conference on Monday.

"We stand by our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and all those countries who are facing Russian aggression", Ryan said.

Mr Gabuev said Russians were supportive of Mr Putin's defence in the face of accusations of election meddling - accusations Mr Afanasyev called "media rhetoric", "propagandist" and lacking in proof. "Putin gets to look like the urbane grown-up, and presents Russian Federation as peer power to USA", Galeotti said.

The potential implications are many, including in Latvia and Ukraine where Canada has troops, and in terms of further election interference, says Fen Hampson, director of the global security and politics program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ont. "It's really clear", he said. "Directly contradicted by DNI Coats, who just sounded the alarm about Russia's 'ongoing, ' pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

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