Russian establishment chalks up Trump summit as a win for Putin

Hugh Fox
July 19, 2018

US President Donald Trump has agreed with Russian leader Vladimir Putin's remark that the current low level of relations between the two countries is a shame, as he himself said in an interview with Fox News.

Trump openly questioned his own intelligence agencies' firm finding that Russia meddled in the 2016 US election to his benefit, seeming to accept Russian President Vladimir Putin's insistence that Moscow's hands were clean.

"We all know that Vladimir Putin is holding something over Donald Trump", he said.

Badly. In a strongly worded statement, Mr Ryan said: "There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals".

Mitt Romney, former Republican presidential nominee, said Trump had acted against America's democratic principles.

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"What Mr. Trump did (Monday) was to betray the women and men of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency and NSA and others and betray the American public", Brennan said.

The Arizona Senator said: "Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory". "As I've said repeatedly, the Russians are not our friends and I entirely agree with the assessment of our intelligence community", McConnell said.

However, Moscow claimed that there was no evidence to indicate that the 12 had links to the Russian military intelligence.

"Today was a awful day for the American brand, for the American people, and for our allies", said Republican Sen.

Russia's political and media establishment heralded talks between the Russian and United States leaders in Helsinki as a victory for Vladimir Putin in breaking down Western resolve to treat Russia as a pariah.

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At the news conference Monday, a reporter for The Associated Press asked Putin directly if he had incriminating material on President Trump. And Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who has been critical of the Russian Federation probe, said that "Russia is not our friend" and expressed hope that Trump's national security aides could convince him that "it is possible to conclude Russian Federation interfered with our election in 2016 without delegitimizing his electoral success".

Unsurprisingly, Russians welcomed Trump's suggestion that he trusts Putin more than US intelligence agencies.

"Not always - well, haven't presidents been killed in the United States?" According to the analyst, Russian Federation considers guarantees of Ukraine's neutrality as a basis for talks.

The statement from Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, did not directly reference Trump's comments at a news conference alongside Putin in Helsinki. "Many positive things will come out of that meeting", he tweeted.

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