Pres. Trump: Putin made 'incredible offer' in Russian hacking case

Charlene Craig
July 18, 2018

In a tweet posted shortly after the news conference on Monday, Brennan, a frequent critic of the president, said that Trump's behavior was "treasonous" and accused him of being "wholly in the pocket of Putin". "I think that the United States has been foolish".

The comments drew criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike, who admonished Trump for rebuking his own intelligence agencies and placing some blame on the USA for current tensions with Russian Federation.

He added that he had "full faith and support" for the USA intelligence agencies and "accepts" their conclusion that there was Russian interference but he added: "It could be other people also. I think we've all been foolish", he said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is standing behind the USA intelligence community's conclusion that the Russians interfered in the 2016 elections - despite President Donald Trump's latest comments. The Russian leader also said that increases in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in "regions where they shouldn't be" was a "destabilizing" factor in the region. "Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin", the former Central Intelligence Agency head continued.

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"For the president of the United States to side with President Putin against American law enforcement, American defense officials, and American intelligence agencies is thoughtless, dangerous, and weak".

"Millions of Americans will continue to wonder if the only possible explanation for this unsafe behavior is the possibility that President Putin holds damaging information over President Trump".

This evening he said that what he meant to say was he didn't see any reason why Russian wouldn't be responsible for meddling in the 2016 vote. Russia's political and media establishment heralded the summit as a victory for Putin in breaking down Western resolve to treat Russian Federation as a pariah.

Trump's embrace of Putin came on the last day of a weeklong European trip in which he berated North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over their defense spending and undercut British Prime Minister Theresa May in the tabloids. And he said Trump and Putin "seemed to be speaking from the same script" as Trump made a "conscious choice to defend a tyrant".

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Trump's remarks have drawn widespread criticism from Democrats and Republicans.

Republican lawmakers including House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker all publicly criticised Trump for his performance. US intelligence agencies have concluded Russian Federation did interfere, but the Kremlin has denied state involvement.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., described the meeting in Helsinki as a "tragic mistake".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Trump's "weakness in front of Putin" proves the Russians have damaging information on him.

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Putin noted that Russia would expect the return the favor and cooperate in the Russian probe against William Browder, a British investor charged in financial crimes in Russia.

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