Donald Trump slams USA media, says had 'great' meeting with Vladimir Putin

Ruben Holloway
July 23, 2018

Trump and Putin met, with only their translators present, for more than two hours.

Trump tweeted Sunday on the documents: "As usual they are ridiculously heavily redacted but confirm with little doubt that the Department of "Justice" and Federal Bureau of Investigation misled the courts".

The Helsinki meeting was indeed very private, with no stenographer or aides. "Why would we tolerate that of Russian Federation?" If you want to rejoin the world order and observe global law and stop invading sovereign nations like Ukraine, then we can have a pathway forward. By contrast, 80 percent of Democrats now say Trump has weakened US leadership around the world. Critics had warned that the format risked allowing Russian Federation to put its own spin on the session.

"It's an easy cheap shot to say the president's been compromised by the Russians", Bossert told ABC.

Screenshot  YouTube via Russian Defense Ministry
Screenshot YouTube via Russian Defense Ministry

The White House then said that, too, was a misunderstanding.

As for the Helsinki meeting, "now we have Putin telling the world what was decided", she said, while "we're hearing crickets from the White House; nothing has been put out that contradicts or replaces Putin's agenda".

But public reaction nationally appears more muted than in Washington, where Trump faced withering bipartisan criticism for appearing to side with Putin over USA intelligence agencies at a Monday news conference in Helsinki.

"But the policies that this president has pursued globally have served Vladimir Putin's interest in dividing the west, undermining democracy, increasing fissures within North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and has done very little to advance United States interests", she said. That, he said, boded ill for another meeting with the Russian leader.

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"OK. That's gonna be special", he said. "To me, that's beyond comprehension".

Gowdy said Trump needs to rely on his closest advisers - like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley - or the advisers "need to re-evaluate whether or not they can serve in this administration".

"The fact that we have to talk to you (Russia) about Syria or other matters is very different from issuing an invitation", said Gowdy, who heads the House Oversight Committee. One source said there was a belief that if Mr Coats had been in Washington instead of Colorado, he would not have been surprised by the news.

Trump initially appeared receptive to Putin's offer, calling it an "incredible offer" at last Monday's press conference.

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"Do you meet with this guy from a position of weakness?" said Graham, as if directly addressing Trump about the Russian leader. "But Putin uses disinformation & the law to silence his critics or chase them out of the country as you know well".

He tweeted: "I had a GREAT meeting with Putin and the Fake News used every bit of their energy to try and disparage it".

Meanwhile, the probe into the Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election is ongoing.

It's an "easy, cheap shot" to accuse President Donald Trump of being "compromised by the Russians" following last week's controversial press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, former homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said Sunday on ABC News' "This Week".

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