Putin ‘PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE’ for election meddling says Trump in latest clarification

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US President Donald Trump said today he had a "strong news conference" with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, rejecting the political outrage it triggered in America as "fuss" created by the "fake news".

But Sanders said Trump was only saying "no" to further questions from reporters and not in response to the question on Russian Federation. Get out. And demand that Russian Federation stay away when it comes to our elections.

Trump failed to mention Russia's aggression toward Ukraine, its annexation of Crimea, its involvement in Syria, and its aggressive cyber operations around the globe, as well as allegations that it has poisoned former Russian spies overseas, that it played a role in the downing of a Malaysian airliner in 2014, and, above all, that it interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

When asked if Russian Federation was continuing to target the US, Trump shook his head and said "No".

"They are very aggressive people, they may get aggressive, and congratulations, you are in World War Three".

You know what? I believe our intelligence agencies.

He appeared to respond again: "No".

Both presidents said after the Helsinki summit that a big step forward had been taken. "It's another situation when he has Putin right next to him and in theory can challenge him and voice the US's absolute rejection of what happened during the election, and yet he couldn't bring himself to do that".

Later, Ms Vega tweeted that the president had been looking directly at her when he answered.

Contrary to the USA government's fears leading up to the 2016 president election, hacking the nation's election infrastructure appeared to take a back seat to stealing and leaking salacious documents from the Democratic National Committee and House Democrats' campaign arm to destabilize public opinion.

Bill Browder, whose actions standing up to Russian President Vladimir Putin led to the Magnitsky Act, was called out in Wednesday's White House press briefing over the possibility of President Trump allowing Russia to question US officials. He also said he has faith in US intelligence agencies.

The White House has struggled to contain the fallout from a news conference from Helsinki, in which Mr Trump, standing next to Mr Putin, said he "didn't see any reason" why Russian Federation would be involved in United States election meddling. It would have just made things worse if I had stood next to him and called him a liar. "So certainly as the leader of a country you would have to hold him responsible, yes".

On Wednesday, Trump criticized Clapper, who was appointed as DNI chief by President Barack Obama, as someone in whom he has "no confidence" during an interview with CBS News.

On Wednesday morning Mr Trump lashed out at "haters" who condemned his meeting with Russia's president, saying his critics were suffering from "Trump Derangement Syndrome". McConnell, like many Republicans, stopped short of criticising Trump.

Some 71% of Republicans polled approved of his response to Russian Federation, while only 14% of Democrats were in favour.

Meanwhile, Mr Putin has weighed into the controversy calling his first summit with Mr Trump a success - but warned on Thursday that Mr Trump's opponents in the United States were hampering any progress on what they discussed, such as limiting their nuclear arsenals or ending the Syrian war.

Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California labeled the discussion "BATS-T CRAZY" and demanded Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to "put a stop to this notion immediately".

So what did he say to Putin about it, then? Meanwhile leading Democrats appear to be sensing a political opportunity, hoping they can pick up votes by appearing tougher on standing up to Russian Federation than the Republicans. He may have been pressured into saying it-not just by the media furor but by Mike Pence, John Kelly, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, according to reports-but he said it nonetheless.

But one member of Team Trump, FBI Director Christopher Wray, hinted that he contemplated resigning over disagreements with the president.

In rebutting Trump's dismissive comments about USA intelligence on Monday, Coats said, "We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy". "If he were to do that, I think that would absolutely be grounds for removal from office", the California Democrat said Wednesday in an interview on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront". I have President Putin, he just said it's not Russian Federation.

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