Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Sci-tech | By Laverne Osborne

President Trump took Russia's side against his own country

President Trump took Russia's side against his own country

Then, on Monday, Trump met one-on-one with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland - a meeting that took place without any US foreign policy aides and which went forward despite an escalating investigation into Russian cyberattacks on the an attempt to help Trump's 2016 campaign.

At their much-anticipated presidential summit, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin were at pains to talk up a reconciliation in fractured ties between the United States and Russian Federation. "Sort of a double negative". As recently as this week - immediately after his one-on-one meeting with Putin - Trump appeared to believe Putin's denial over the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.

Both leaders rejected any talk of pre-election collusion, and Putin also dismissed the idea that his government holds compromising material on Trump, a wealthy property tycoon who oversaw the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has been seeking Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's testimony since that meeting to learn more about any agreements Trump discussed with Kim.

The US president has found precious little support for his decision not to confront Putin and faced calls even from allies to change tack.

Russian officials have shrugged off Trump's wildly contradictory accounts of what he said to Putin at Monday's summit. Does Trump have a tendency to misspeak in this way? "As much as they tried to humiliate Trump or give him unsolicited advice, the American president disdainfully brushed aside his enemies and confidently strode to his goal".

"President Trump must clarify his statements in Helsinki on our intelligence system and Putin", he tweeted as Trump headed home.

Trump's performance at the summit has even come under fire from the hosts at Fox News, usually a reliable defender of the president.

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.

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And former president Barack Obama, who has remained above the political fray since leaving office, appeared to allude to the events of the day before during a rare public appearance Tuesday at which he warned the world had plunged into "strange and uncertain times".

Instead, Trump welcomed an offer by Putin for USA agents to indirectly grill the indicted Russians by submitting their questions to Russian officials.

Republican Senator Rand Paul has given a series of interviews supporting Trump's stance towards Putin and berating his critics as biased.

"I was interpreting what the president's intention was, and stating the administration's policy".

US House Speaker Paul Ryan has criticised Donald Trump for his remarks in Helsinki.

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

But Trump's failure to condemn the Kremlin's alleged role in directing a campaign of manipulation in the USA elections will dominate coverage in Washington, where it triggered outrage. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., that would slap new sanctions on Russian Federation or any other country caught posting ads, running fake news or otherwise interfering with election infrastructure. "It's really clear. There should be no doubt about that", he said. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Chris Coons, D-Del., will try to force a vote Thursday on a resolution backing the intelligence community's findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election and must be held accountable.

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