Lawmakers call Trump's performance 'bizarre,' 'shameful'

18 July, 2018, 08:11 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are meeting in Helsinki

"This is shameful", tweeted Flake, who is not running for re-election. The event was not only "good" for the US and Russian Federation but "for the world" as a whole, US President Donald Trump said.

When asked if he believed the assessment that Putin really had compromised the 2016 election, Trump straight-up said he took Putin's word over that of USA intelligence - specifically mentioning Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin.

The Republican rebuke from Capitol Hill came largely from those lawmakers who have been willing to openly criticize the president. Putin, as always, denied all. Instead, he complained about a Democratic National Committee computer server and emails belonging to Hillary Clinton, the Democrat he defeated to win the presidency.

President Donald Trump's first summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin left a wake of confusion and outrage in the U.S.

Trump said he discussed numerous subjects with the Russian leader in private earlier, including election interference, as he spoke of the importance of maintaining diplomatic relations with Russia.

Added NBC's Hallie Jackson: "I think a fair word would be extraordinary".

Former intelligence chiefs who served under President Barack Obama were scathing in their criticism of his remarks.




It was also dubbed as the "Treason Summit" by CIA Director John Brennan.

Trump made the brief remarks in front of reporters, at a conference table surrounded by top officials at the start of a "working lunch" that began after he and Putin met behind closed doors for two hours with only their interpreters.

If that is anathema to many in Washington, Trump's apparent concessions to Putin over the elections controversy drew stinging condemnation from across the political divide. Republican Patriots: "Where are you???"

In the entire history of our country, Americans have never seen a president of the United States support an American adversary the way @realDonaldTrump has supported President Putin. "It was unbelievable and very, very disturbing". "There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals". "He has got to be celebrating on the way home to Moscow". Trump did not criticize Russian Federation for interfering in American elections, or for allegedly poisoning former spies on British soil, or for helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad massacre civilians. Before they left, one reporter shouted a question about Russia's involvement in the USA election.

Some at Fox seized on tweeted criticism by former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, who said Trump's performance was near treasonous. My people came to me ...

For the president, it's likely to add another to his list of grievances about a network he has denounced as "fake news".

Sen. Deb Fischer also tweeted Monday afternoon, saying, "Russia is not a friend to the U.S. They have interfered in our elections. He wrote: 'Clearly, a civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself.' With the election of Ronald Reagan, the American people declared to the world that we have the necessary energy and conviction to defend ourselves".

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