US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has blamed the media for spinning a story about his odd reaction to the news of US President Donald Trump inviting Vladimir Putin to a second summit, saying he meant no disrespect.
Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev said Moscow was awaiting Washington's response to a series of proposals for the two sides to work together on reconstruction in Syria and the return of more than a million Syrian refugees to their home country.
"I can tell you this, Brett, the president has access to every bit of evidence", Gowdy explained. "So just to repeat it, I said the word 'would instead of 'wouldn't'".
Facing intense blowback for siding with Russia, Trump dug in and tweeted that "Fake News" was to blame for mischaracterizing the summit. "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". "Sort of a double negative".
House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said the evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 election is clear and that President Trump "needs to say that and act like it".
"Could be other people also". "They did not spy on the campaign from anything and everything that I have seen".
The Helsinki conference did not go well for the USA, by Rubio's assessment.
Clinton also called for clarity on what was said in the two-hour, one-on-one meeting between Trump and Putin that preceded their joint press conference in Helsinki. "It was President Obama who led the United States and our European allies to impose very strong sanctions on Russian Federation for its annexation of Crimea and its invasion of Ukraine", she said.
Anatoly Antonov, the Russian ambassador to the US, told a conference in Moscow on Friday that the allegations are groundless and that American authorities tried to "break her' and refused her consular visits for the first few days after her arrest, The Associated Press reported". And when you go out and you attack North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and you attack our alliance - our allies - you start denigrating major leaders who have made a very significant effort to hold Russian Federation accountable.
As The Washington Post reported this week, a grand jury indicted the political science student on Tuesday after prosecutors alleged that Butina tried "to advance the interests of the Russian Federation" by infiltrating certain American political organizations.
"But can you just clarify, you don't believe that to be the case?" the reporter asked a third time.
For his part, Trump said on Friday that Barack Obama, under whom Kerry served as secretary of state, was the true "patsy" in Russian relations.
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 U.S. intelligence agencies.
Sanders later said his comment was misinterpreted.
Russia's foreign minister told his American counterpart on Saturday a woman arrested in the U.S. on accusations she was a Russian agent was detained on "fabricated charges" and should be released.
"The president is wrong", GOP Sen.
That statement from Coats came only moments after Trump, standing next to Putin at a news conference in Helsinki, said he doubted those conclusions.
Coats' appearance at the Aspen Institute had generated some frustration at the White House. It has been building for a long period of time under President Bush.
Trump left the White House for his New Jersey golf club for the weekend. 'It's so personal. So unbecoming of a president of the United States to engage in that kind of- it shows fear or something, I don't know'. "Tightening now hurts all that we have done", Trump tweeted.