"Norms are rules written by somebody else".
There was no sign of shock or outrage in the hotel hallways and conference rooms where Republican officials gathered to discuss party business even as politicians on both sides and foreign policy experts fretted about President Donald Trump's cozy relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The former presidential candidate spoke out about the controversial meeting, which has led to questions over Mr Trump's presidency.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats appeared to be shocked on Thursday when he learned Putin was being invited by the Trump administration to the nation's capital after spending much of the week reiterating warnings about Russia's dubious intentions regarding the U.S. electoral process. There is little to no precedent for calling on translators to testify, but members of Congress seem alarmed at the secrecy surrounding Trump's meeting with Putin.
"The sentence should have been: 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation, '" he said.
In other issues, Roe said the U.S. House Committee of Veterans Affairs, which he serves as chairman, has begun hearings on a so-called "Forever G.I. Bill" that would extend veterans benefits for a lifetime.
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As one diplomat told Vanity Fair 'this meeting confirmed that Trump barely knows the politics, if even the geography, of Europe. Hacking and the other digital dark arts are playing a much bigger role, and it is proving hard to get them under control.
There were no note-takers present during the meeting-only Trump, Putin, and interpreters.
And now, he is upset of reportedly being told of not siding with Russian Federation, his use of tariffs influencing trade and publically slamming the Federal Reserve. He said despite the president's mixed messages, the intelligence community's findings that Russian Federation meddled in the election is "100 percent accurate". "He's obviously going to get frustrated by the can't-do mentality".
A White House spokeswoman, Lindsay Walters, wanted to make clear that the president "respects the independence of the Fed". Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Thursday he had yet to be briefed on the private session.
By the time he arrived home, the parade of critical statements had become a stampede, leaving Trump the most isolated he'd been in the White House since last year's controversy over white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville.
Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel weighed in on the invite, saying that she thinks "it must once again become normal for Russian and American presidents to meet".
"I'm not sure he likes learning the lessons he's learned", he added.
The Post-ABC poll found that 40 percent of Americans say they think the president went "too far" in supporting Putin at the summit.