Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Fuming Trump defends Putin embrace after damaging leak

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Charlie Simmons | 27 March, 2018, 18:44

The White House had said Monday that it was "not surprised by the outcome" of Sunday's presidential election in Russian Federation and that no congratulatory call was planned. The fake news media is crazed because they wanted me to excoriate him.

He added - quote - "Getting along with Russian Federation and others is a good thing, not a bad thing".

The tweets left Trump's administration in disarray, holding two starkly contrasting positions on Russian Federation - one espoused by a Russophile president and another from a cabinet and White House more skeptical of Putin's role.

The furor in the White House over the leak broke out even as Nielsen, Trump's top domestic security official, sounded a fresh warning about the threat posed by Russian Federation.

As NBC News pointed out, Trump painted himself as the better president indicating he can achieve what Obama, Clinton, and whichever Bush he was referring to in his tweet failed to do.

It was unclear whether Trump, who prefers oral briefings, read the talking points prepared by his national security team before the call.

The White House waited for days before condemning the attack, which London has pinned squarely on the Kremlin and Moscow has denied. The leak stunning the west wing and leaving chief of staff John Kelly frustrated and deeply disappointed and on capitol hill, outrage from the president's allies.

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Only individuals at the very highest levels of the administration would have known about the details of the call.

It is certain to fuel suspicions about Trump's motives.

Mr Trump is under investigation by USA special counsel Robert Mueller on whether he or his aides colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election that Mr Trump won. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations.

The White House statement earlier Wednesday about a possible firing was an unusual threat and an indication of the seriousness with which the administration is treating the latest breach. "Leaking such information is a fireable offense and likely illegal", the White House said in an official statement.

"I think the reason that they picked the United Kingdom is very simple, it's because this is a country that does have that particular set of values, it does believe in freedom, and in democracy and in the rule of law, and has time and again called out Russian Federation over its abuses of those values". His national security advisers apparently instructed him not to call Putin through briefing materials, which supposedly included a "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" note, according to the Washington Post.

Trump's congratulations to Putin was criticised with some claiming that the POTUS has been too tolerant of the Russian leader. Trump indicated that calling Putin was the right thing to do since Russian Federation can help the United States deal with some of its problems, The Guardian reported. "So resign. Do the right and honorable thing if you believe your conscience is compelled to do so and resign your position". "I can imagine he does not want to wait to be directed or handled by the bureaucracy on even these extremely hard negotiations, because he has spent his adult life negotiating deals". That there is somebody close to him leaking this stuff out.

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