Democrats want Trump interpreter summoned to testify about his secretive Putin summit

Мелания Трамп состроила странную мину после разговора с Путиным

The president's performance on a world stage against Putin has been deemed an embarrassment and his apparent siding with Putin over his own intelligence officials on the case of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections has been termed as "treason".

On Monday, during a joint press conference with Putin following their summit in Helsinki, Trump contradicted U.S. intelligence assessments regarding Russian meddling in the 2016 election, saying he did not see any reason why Moscow would intervene.

In the aftermath of his highly controversial press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, it's shaping up to be the post-Charlottesville debacle all over again for President Donald Trump and his administration.

Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump said "no" after a reporter asked him whether the U.S. was still a target of Russian-led cyberattacks and election meddling.

"Just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country", he said. If you're strong, we're going to galvanize people around you and you're going to win in November.

When asked whether there was a recording of the Trump-Putin meeting, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said "I'm not aware of one", and referred further questions to the State Department.

Мелания Трамп состроила странную мину после разговора с Путиным

Asked by reporters before a Cabinet meeting whether Moscow was still targeting the United States, Trump shook his head and said, "No".

Putin offered that they might allow Mueller to interview those Russian officials that were indicted for meddling in the US election, but on the condition that USA citizens and officials be made to answer Russian investigators as well. What they did hear is a statement he made to Putin's very close friend.

In a tweet Trump said he elicited a promise from Putin to help negotiate with North Korea but did not say how. He also didn't back down from comments blaming U.S. "foolishness and stupidity" for the deterioration of relations between Washington and Moscow, rather than Moscow's election meddling, its military incursions into Ukraine and Syria, and its hostility toward U.S. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. After all, former President Obama gave Putin a stern warning in 2016 to no apparent effect.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has since reiterated his support of the conclusions of multiple intelligence agencies that Russians meddled in the election.

"In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't", he explained. Sanders also said the White House believes the Russian threat of targeting United States elections "still exists". And it why I believe we are at a critical point'.

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