Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

U.S. officials still in the dark on what Trump discussed with Putin

U.S. officials still in the dark on what Trump discussed with Putin

Trump mentioned Coats by name in his Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, then sided with Putin's "powerful" denial of election meddling over Coats' admonition that Russia interfered and there were warning lights flashing red.

There was also Putin's controversial suggestion that the US could sit in on the questioning of the 12 indicted Russians - but only if the USA would allow Russia to question of Americans whom the Kremlin has accused of committing "illegal activities".

Upon returning from Helsinki, Trump said he had misspoken at a joint news conference with Putin when he questioned why Russian Federation would have interfered in the 2016 election.

Then on Wednesday he said "no" when asked if Russian Federation was still targeting the USA -a statement directly contradicting Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. The claims, from Anatoly Antonov, Russia's ambassador to the U.S., were swiftly denounced by Kiev, which said it would...

Following the two leaders' summit in Helsinki, Finland, the White House announced it had invited Putin to visit for a second meeting in the fall, which has brought on additional criticism.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats appeared to be shocked on Thursday when he learned Putin was being invited by the Trump administration to the nation's capital after spending much of the week reiterating warnings about Russia's dubious intentions regarding the United States electoral process.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer immediately criticized the planned invitation. So, we will see what comes of this, but I think the Russians are going to see if the USA wants this more than they do. "In the United States, in Russian Federation, or anywhere else", he said in a statement. Some NATO members also believe that Trump intends to use this meeting with the Russians as a leverage to put more pressure on members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, so that they would be forced to meet the White House demands.

The cover shows the faces of U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin morphing together.

Last Monday's Helsinki summit between the pair of world leaders was met with large media attention.

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In a television interview taped on Thursday, Trump said that he and Putin, who USA intelligence agencies say directed interference to sway the 2016 vote toward Trump, had a rapport during their Helsinki meeting.

Trump touched off a major political controversy following his comments on the alleged meddling of the 2016 USA presidential election by Russian Federation at his joint press conference with Putin in Helsinki.

"That DNI Coats was surprised, and his fanciful reaction, is what is most alarming to people", the source said. On Wednesday, Trump answered "no" to a reporter's question on whether Russian Federation was still targeting the United States, only to have Sanders say later he was saying "no" to answering any questions - not to the question itself.

The cover illustrates an article on the two leaders' recent Helsinki summit and the persistent controversy over what author Brian Bennett calls President Trump's "puzzling affinity for Putin".

Putin did not name the US officials his interrogators would like to talk to, but the next day Russian prosecutors produced a list.

The announcement came as the U.S. sought to clean up days of confounding post-summit Trump statements on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Standing alongside Putin, Trump called the idea "an incredible offer". 'That's going to be special, ' he said, to laughs from an audience at a forum.

The Russian government has been somewhat more forthcoming.

Mr Putin said Russian Federation wanted to question United States nationals the Kremlin accuses of "illegal actions".

This is one of the main reasons for the negative attitude of European countries towards Putin and Trump's summit.

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