President Trump Blames Mueller Probe for Torn Relations with Russian Federation

Aaron Brown
July 18, 2018

Afterward, Trump's national intelligence director, Dan Coats, restated the consensus of USA intelligence: "We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security".

Well, the actor who plays him has anyway.

The fallout to the meeting and press conference has called the conduct of both Mr Trump and Mr Putin into question, with the Russian President again denying the Russian state had any part in influencing the U.S. election - even as a Fox News journalist tried to hand him the indictment documents of 12 Russian intelligence officials during an interview.

Cohen noted Russian Federation is largely Christian, is a "frontier country" and has many other similar attributes.

The pair had held lengthy talks before - on the sidelines of world leader meetings in Germany and Vietnam past year - but this was their first official summit and was being watched closely, especially following the announcement Friday of new indictments against 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking Democratic emails to help Trump's campaign.

The president went on to say he ran a clean campaign, and said it is disappointing his election victory is overshadowed by the Mueller probe.

"Our (U.S. and Russian) militaries have gotten along better than our political leaders for a number of years". It has driven Russia's worldwide influence efforts, such as on the airwaves of pro-Kremlin television network RT.

Trump had congratulated his opposite number on Russia's successful hosting of the competition, which came to a climax on Sunday a day before the Helsinki summit.

Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford said he trusts USA intelligence teams "more than I trust a former KGB agent, Vladimir Putin".

Standing side by side with Putin, Trump refused to blame the Russian leader for meddling in the 2016 USA election, casting doubt on the findings of his own intelligence agencies and sparking a storm of criticism at home. As for those interference accusations, Putin said, "This is utterly delusional".

In the 32-minute interview with Fox, Putin said Russian Federation had no interest in Mr. Trump before he launched his bid for the presidency. "President Trump has just mentioned that we've successfully concluded the football World Cup". The drama was playing out against a backdrop of fraying Western alliances, a new peak in the Russian Federation investigation and fears that Moscow's aggression may go unchallenged.

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Putin looked serious but smirked when journalists asked Trump about Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential campaign. The conditions were in place for effective co-operation on Syria, Putin added.

Is that because he hopes for more aid from Putin in the future - or because he is afraid of what Putin can reveal about him?

The Obama administration did, in fact, take action, including confronting Mr Putin in person, as well as expelling almost three dozen Russian diplomats the United States said were actually intelligence operatives and imposing new sanctions.

The language used by Democrats was much harsher, including accusations of "treason". "Trump looks nervous and concerned". Makes the USA "look like a pushover", said GOP Sen.

"Putin does not need to say anything", said Vladimir Frolov, an independent foreign policy analyst in Moscow. They fear that Trump's "America First" foreign policy, based on trade war and the disruption of longstanding alliances such as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, is undermining the drive for USA global hegemony.

Putin can use the boost. "Trump just colluded with Russian Federation".

Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki was his first time sharing the global stage with a man he has described as an important United States competitor - but whom he has also praised a strong, effective leader.

Valentina Matvienko, chairwoman of the upper house of parliament, said the remarks showed that "both leaders understand the importance of improving the bilateral relationship". "I really believe that", Trump said, vowing the summit was "only the beginning". But Trump made clear he feels that any firm acknowledgement of Russia's involvement would undermine the legitimacy of his election.

If the military were to stage a coup against Trump, there is no doubt that the leadership of the Democratic Party would fall into line behind an American junta.

Indeed, the question came up at the news conference itself.

Such is the choice offered by the American ruling class to the population of the United States: Side with Trump or side with the unaccountable and murderous operatives of the "deep state". Economic sanctions are continuing to pinch Russia's stagnant economy. When he was in Brussels last week, Trump slammed Germany for paying "billions and billions of dollars" to Russian Federation to import gas, "the country that we are supposed to be protecting you against". "We're all to blame", Trump said.

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