White House Insiders Were Furious Over Trump’s Russia Comments

Мелания Трамп состроила странную мину после разговора с Путиным

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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.

"And he shouldn't be happy about it because there's never been a president as tough on Russian Federation as I have been".

Putin outlined his proposal at a news conference following the summit, and said that his government would like to question Hermitage Capital chief executiveWilliam Browder, a longtime Kremlin antagonist who lobbied the USA government to adopt a law authorizing sanctions against Russian officials accused of human rights abuses.

Later, CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett asked White House press secretary Sarah Sanders about the exchange during the White House briefing: "Cecilia (Vega) asked the president, 'Is Russia still targeting the U.S.?' He said 'No.' Is that what the president actually believes?" Sanders said Trump meant he did not want to answer questions.

"The president ... was saying "No" to answering questions", Sanders said at a news briefing.

According to Trump, he was "Very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling, we can't have any of that".

And, on a lighter note (we guess?), Trump made things delightfully more awkward after tossing a soccer ball Putin gifted him into the lap of his wife, Melania.

He told CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor that he holds Putin personally responsible. Trump had earlier talked of an offer by Vladimir Putin for Russia to help with the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election.

Мелания Трамп состроила странную мину после разговора с Путиным

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

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John Thune, the Senate's third-ranking Republican leader, expressed resignation when asked whether he was satisfied with Trump's walk-back of his Helsinki remarks. He lost a primary challenge earlier this year to a Republican who said she supported Trump and his policies. Mr. Trump chose to announce the indictments ahead of the meeting because he thought it would give him strength negotiating with Mr. Putin, the story said. We're not going to have it.

That assertion would contradict the assessment of U.S. intelligence chief Dan Coats, who said on Monday that Russian Federation was involved in "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

Sanders explanation of Trump's "No" was the second time since Monday's summit that Trump and the White House have blamed a misstatement or misunderstanding for the furore over Russian Federation. Mr. Trump offered a clarification Tuesday that he had misspoken when he said that, and he accepts the findings of his intelligence agencies.

Trump declined to back US intelligence assessments that Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 election and said he had no reason to believe Russian Federation would meddle.

"I think I did great at the news conference", he said.

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