"I think there's no ignoring the fact that, for whatever reason, this president acts like he's compromised", Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos Sunday on "This Week". Podesta's emails, they hacked into the DNC, it could be us next.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Sunday harshly criticized President Donald Trump for his back-and-forth statements on whether or not he sides with the US intelligence community's assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election or Russian President Vladimir Putin, who denied the allegations again last week.
Trump stunned observers when, during a press conference after the Helsinki summit, he refused to denounce Putin, declined to hold Russian Federation accountable for its interference in the 2016 election, and suggested the Federal Bureau of Investigation was part of a conspiracy to underine his election victory. On both questions, those who say they "strongly disapprove" of Trump's performance outnumber those who say they "strongly approve, " by better than 2 to 1. "Sort of a double negative". He asked his interviewer, "Say that again, did I hear you?"
On Thursday, the White House issued a statement saying Trump "disagrees" with Putin's offer. "We need to move forward from that with good public policy, and part of that is, I think, standing with our intelligence community". "Those should be reserved for, I think, our allies like Great Britain and Canada and Australia and those who are with us day in and day out". I'm glad [Trump] corrected it. "I have a different view on it", Rubio told CNN moderator Jake Tapper. Putin has been responsible for war crimes, Rubio added, but we have to engage because Putin has nuclear weapons. Democrats, liberals and college graduates are the only groups in the poll among whom a majority say Trump went too far in supporting Putin. "I'm sure he's been on the FBI's radar for a long time, well before 2016". Whether on objective or by pure coincidence, it was around this time that press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that the president was starting to plan a second meeting with Putin, this time at the White House in the fall.
However, Trump was so fixated during the press conference on domestic U.S. politics and his own personal obsession with his election win that there was no mention either of Putin's points or of any of the more significant security issues that could have been on the table.More news: At least 11 dead, 7 injured in Missouri duck boat accident
Criticizing Trump is, perhaps, something Barletta will never do: Barletta makes no bones about his hope that the coalition that propelled Trump to a win of less than 1 percentage point in Pennsylvania over Democrat Hillary Clinton will deliver a victory for him in November.
Trump's reluctance to recognize Russian Federation as an adversary that means harm to the USA was already well demonstrated before the summit, as was his unwillingness to address Russia's aggressive behaviour against the United States and its friends and partners in Europe and beyond. According to Putin, this idea has been endorsed by Trump, although it is entirely unclear how this can be squared with current U.S. sanctions against Russian Federation. He walked back that statement a day later, saying he'd meant to say he didn't see why Russian Federation wouldn't be involved.
The Helsinki conference did not go well for the US, by Rubio's assessment.
US Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted yesterday announcing that President Trump had asked for Putin to be invited to Washington this autumn.