Inside Trump's isolation after Putin summit walkbacks

Inside Trump's isolation after Putin summit walkbacks

Inside Trump's isolation after Putin summit walkbacks

"The Russian Defense Ministry is ready for practical implementation of the agreements in the sphere of worldwide security reached by Russian and US Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, at their Monday's summit in Helsinki", the Russian embassy tweeted.

Coats has made clear that American intelligence agencies stand by their assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 US election, even as Trump has sent conflicting signals, most significantly when he appeared to accept Russian President Vladimir Putin's denials over the assessments of USA spy agencies.

"I don't know what happened", Coats added, when asked about Putin's meetings with Trump in Helsinki.

Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said the Kremlin was ready to discuss the offer made by the USA president, amid continuing domestic criticism of his first meeting with the Russian leader in Helsinki.

On Thursday, the Senate overwhelmingly voted in favor of a resolution to oppose allowing the Russian government to question USA officials, something Putin suggested and the White House said it was considering.

The Russian leader praised Trump's mediation efforts in North Korea, but slammed his decision to pull out of the worldwide accord curbing Iran's nuclear activities.

Trump initially had described the idea as an "incredible offer". Chris Coons introduced a resolution to rebuke Putin's denial that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.

Konstantin Kosachev, head of the upper house of parliament's foreign affairs committee, said Thursday the idea sets a unsafe precedent that threats the "the whole idea of diplomacy", according to Russian news agencies. Trump said he could think of no reason why Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election and called the special counsel investigation a "disaster".

During the interview, Alexander asked if Nielsen could clarify remarks she made earlier in the year regarding the USA intelligence consensus that Russia's attempts at interference were specifically in favor of Donald Trump.

Trump on Wednesday again reignited the controversy when he replied "no" when asked if Russian Federation is still targeting the United States, directly contradicting the current Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

Analysts pointed out that there are many options between embracing Putin and going to war, and that Trump has provided conflicting signals about whether he believes the USA intelligence on Russian efforts to undermine the 2016 US election.

In a reference to his summit last month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, he added: "Remember when they said I was too tough with Chairman Kim?"

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.

Antonov called the Helsinki summit "a key event" and said that Putin and Trump should continue to be in contact after their summit.

He also said Moscow is ready to discuss a possible visit by Putin to Washington after a surprise invitation from Trump. I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed, including stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear.

The White House had to come out and issue another clarification, insisting it would not be happening.

She said Trump's "frightened fawning over Putin is an embarrassment and a grave threat to our democracy".

Putin has rejected accusations that his government meddled in the election won by Trump.

In an interview with CBS Evening News, which was released in part on Wednesday evening, Trump was asked whether he holds Putin personally responsible for the meddling in 2016.

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