Trump clashes with intelligence chief over Russian threat

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By "the past", he presumably is referencing 2016 when, Trump's intel leaders all have agreed, Russian Federation interfered with the USA presidential election.

Mr Putin issued a categorical denial to claims that the Kremlin was involved in interfering in the USA presidential election of 2016, which Mr Trump won.

Both sides say they met the treaty caps earlier this year, but Russian Federation has raised questions about the US conversion of some submarines and bombers to carry conventional weapons, saying it has no way to verify they can not also be used for nuclear arms. I think in Russian Federation they wouldn't be gone so easily.

Trump is drawing criticism for statements about Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

In Washington Monday, U.S. political leaders reacted with shock over Trump's comments following his talks with Putin. Trump spoke up on none of these things, thus giving Putin another win. He said Trump's refusal to condemn Russian interference in the 2016 election makes the USA 'look like a pushover'.

American politicians on both sides of the aisle, as well as former USA intelligence officials and diplomats, began sharply criticizing Trump's remarks, even before the president had boarded Air Force One for the flight back home.

Senator John McCain called trump's statements at the press conference "one of the most infamous speeches of the American President in my memory".

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats released a statement on Monday defending America's intelligence community and reaffirming its conclusion Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election.

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Trump told reporters he plans to raise election meddling with Putin but said he doesn't expect Putin to ever accept blame. The White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told NBC News on Friday afternoon that the summit is "still on".

He added that, "There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals". And he appeared to lean toward Putin on the matter, saying: "I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today".

Monday on Unfiltered, Cupp absolutely tore into the president for cozying up to his Russian counterpart.

On Friday, a U.S. special counsel unveiled indictments of 12 Russian spies on charges of hacking Democratic Party computers as part of election meddling, the second set of charges against Russians in a probe that Trump calls a political witch hunt. "The Russians are not our friends and I entirely believe the assessment of our intelligence community". The president was also roundly condemned for stating he held "both countries responsible" for the deterioration in US-Russia relations.

"The president's comments in Helsinki were deeply alarming", said Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo.

Senior Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Mr Trump's answer on meddling "will be seen by Russian Federation as a sign of weakness".

And Vice-President Mike Pence, speaking at an event, said: "President Donald Trump stands without apology as leader of the free world".

Several Republican lawmakers also weighed in. It seemed unlikely that American authorities would take seriously any such offer from Putin, and some USA lawmakers openly ridiculed the suggestion.

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