Trump's public doubting of Russia's responsibility in a joint news conference with Putin on Monday provoked withering criticism from Republicans as well as Democrats and forced the president to make a rare public admission of error. On Tuesday, Trump appeared to go a step further in his reversal, telling CBS News he held Putin personally responsible for interfering in USA elections.
Dan Coats, President Donald Trump's director of national intelligence, doubled down Thursday in his criticism of the president ― specifically, Trump's apparent desire to downplay the matter of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Putin then warned that progress was jeopardized by the uproar in the USA over the meeting, lambasting Trump's opponents and critics of the summit and accusing them of undermining the summit for their own political ends.
He asserted at the White House that no other American president has been as tough on Russian Federation.
Before McConnell announced Thursday's vote on the Schumer-Menendez-Schatz resolution, Senate Republicans blocked two efforts to bring up resolutions affirming lawmakers' support for the intelligence community's assessment, the special counsel's probe into alleged ties between Trump and the Kremlin, and urge the president to take a harder stand against Russian Federation. Instead, Trump has been accused of siding with the Russian leader against his own intelligence agencies and humiliating the U.S.by declining to challenge an authoritarian leader accused of attacking America.
Trump insisted on meeting alone with Putin, without any other officials present, and Miller said those conditions would have been highly suspect to anyone who already knew what the Times reported Wednesday night.
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Russian Federation has not yet spoken about any second meeting with the American president. President Putin has rejected the charge.
Earlier this week, Trump and Putin had held a joint press conference, where Trump had refuted the conclusions made by US intelligence officials' that Russian Federation meddled in 2016 presidential election. Military officials said they are practicing use of the Peresvet high-powered laser weapon system, and launching trials of the Poseidon underwater nuclear drone.
Meanwhile, Russian politicians are angry at proposals by USA lawmakers to question Trump's translator about what the men discussed privately before their news conference.
The New START treaty, which was agreed to by President Barack Obama and President Dmitry Medvedev, confirmed and expanded Cold War-era commitments by Russian Federation and the U.S.to reduce their deployed nuclear warheads. He just said it's not Russian Federation.
Speaking in Moscow, Putin also called the summit "successful overall" and claimed that it led to "some useful agreements", without being specific.
The Americans wanted for questioning by Moscow include Michael McFaul, the former USA ambassador to Russian Federation, and American-born financier Bill Browder, who successfully lobbied the U.S. government to impose new sanctions on Moscow.