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Rubio on Trump's Russian Federation messaging: "Not a good moment for the administration"

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Domingo Copeland | 23 July, 2018, 14:43

- Putin, who denies that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, or USA intelligence agencies, which have concluded that Russian agents hacked into the Democratic National Committee computer server and released hacked DNC emails to help Trump's election chances.

Trump's tweets on Thursday come as he has alternated between trying to quell a political uproar over his comments in Helsinki - he refused to back the U.S. intelligence community's assessment of Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election during a joint news conference with Putin, instead touting Putin's strong denials - and his desire to not back down or apologize over his performance.

Trump clarified his remarks after returning to the United States, saying that after reviewing a transcript and video of his statements, he realized he had misspoken in a key sentence about Russian interference in the 2016 USA election.

"It may very well be that he is compromised or it may very well be that he believes he's compromised, that the Russians have information on him", Shiff added.

Mr. Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, was reacting to Mr. Trump's widely panned summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. "There is simply no other way to explain why he would side with this Kremlin former KGB officer rather than his own intelligence agencies". When asked about Trump casting doubts about USA intelligence in regards to Russian meddling, the number jumped to 56 percent disapproving to just 29 percent approving.

Despite their negative assessment of America as a whole, at least half of the survey's participants said Russian Federation and the USA should step up political, economic, security and cultural ties. "When I said this was a missed opportunity, we reinforced a narrative that's bad for us as a nation, it came across weak".

Coats issued a statement seeking to control the damage from an interview he gave at the Aspen Institute security forum in Colorado on Thursday in which he expressed surprise when the news broke that Trump was planning another Putin summit.

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Coats had already been under scrutiny since he said he wished Trump had not met one-on-one with the Russian leader and expressed dismay that the president had publicly undermined USA intelligence agencies.

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said on "Fox News Sunday" that Trump "seems to want to be chummy" with Putin rather than to defend USA interests.

Mr Trump later made clear he supported the United States intelligence community's findings about Russian meddling. "OK, that's going to be special".

He tweeted: "I had a GREAT meeting with Putin and the Fake News used every bit of their energy to try and disparage it".

"He offered for - or he seemed to be willing to consider an offer to hand over our ambassador to Russia, former ambassador Michael McFaul and others to - the Russians for questioning". "He thinks the way to make Russian Federation stronger is to weaken America and as long as we're clear about it, I think it's important that the nations speak to one another and that our leaders speak to one another". That's why such a large segment of President's Trump's remarks during the question and answer period in Helsinki focused not on Russia's meddling, but on the questions of whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation or whether Russia's meddling affected the outcome of the election.

However, neither Mr Trump nor the White House has confirmed any agreements between the two countries. "This country elected a president that was a former businessman, and, as a result, our economy is doing well, and we spend our time trying to have productive meetings with foreign leaders", Bossert continued. Marco Rubio of Florida, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he believed the warrants to monitor Page were justified. "There is a direct national security interest for the United States in seeing democracy and stability in Nicaragua".

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