GOP leaders still have questions about Trump's meeting with Putin

Sunday, 22 Jul, 2018

But while the U.S. leader expressed his "full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies", he insisted that "Russia's actions had no impact at all on the outcome of the election".

Trump said he accepted the intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation had meddled in the election, and offered a rambling explanation of his assertion that he could not see "any reason" why Russian Federation would interfere.

Republican Rep. Will Hurd is advising against President Donald Trump having solo meetings with other world leaders because "too much is at stake".

He declined to say whether he believed the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation interfered over Putin's denials.

In one of many, many examples dating back to September 2017, he tweeted to say allegations of Russian Federation buying Facebook ads to influence voters was a "hoax".

Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of DE said he is in conversation with Flake and a number of other senators about taking action in response to Trump's comments Monday.

Context matters here too.

After his walk-back, Trump said his administration would "move aggressively" to repel efforts to interfere in American elections.

"Let me just say to our European friends: We value the NATO treaty", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Trump still maintained that his meetings with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies went well and his summit with Putin "even better".

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"Well, if asking for people to pay up money that they are supposed to pay is insulting, maybe I did", said the White House host.

"I thought it would be obvious but I would like to clarify just in case it wasn't. A lot of people out there".

"What I said there, I'm surprised that there's any conflict on this". As to whether I believe it or not, I'm with our agencies, especially as now constituted with their leadership.

He made no mention of having walked back comments at his summit press conference that suggested a lack of confidence in US intelligence agencies.

"I believe the Senate Foreign Relations Committee should hold a hearing with the American interpreter who was present during President Trump and President Putin's private meeting to determine what was specifically discussed and agreed to on the United States' behalf", Shaheen said. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK? "We understand the Russian threat and I think that is the widespread view here in the United States Senate among members of both parties", McConnell said, hinting the Congress may "take up legislation" related to Russia's alleged interferences to prevent such thing from happening again. He has done that.

Trump has denied collusion and casts Mueller's probe as a witch hunt that aims to detract from his election victory.

Trump has faced bipartisan fury at home since the summit in Finland. But even then he made a point of adding, "It could be other people also".

"Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russian Federation".

Trump's assessment of what Russian Federation did to help the allies win WWII was just slightly off.