In a bipartisan showing, key Senate Intelligence committee members on Monday blasted President Trump for failing to publicly blame Russian President Vladimir Putin for hacking the 2016 USA presidential election during the two leaders' joint press conference in Finland.
At the press conference following the meeting, Trump declined to support the intelligence community's findings that Russian Federation had meddled in the 2016 presidential election on the basis of Putin's denial.
Their summit comes just three days after the special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. And, Trump once again seemed to doubt the US intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.
On his way home, Trump insisted in a post on Twitter that he has "GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people".
"I think Dan Coats, being head of the intelligence community, is probably the right guy to resign at this time", Pfeiffer told CNN, adding that history has show that when a person with integrity takes this kind of step, it can move conversations forward at perhaps a different level.
"Today was a sad and unprecedented day in history - an American president stood with Russian Federation over our own country", she said in a statement. "I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be". He has in the recent past denied that the hackers were a part of a state-run effort to destabilize the US election.
Finally we saw Trump, who attacked our North American and European allies during and after the G7 and NATO summits, eager to shake hands and pat the back of our adversary. "We're all to blame", Trump said. This meeting was a setback for American national security. "I think we should have conversations", Paul said.
U.S. Rep. Karen Handel, a Roswell Republican who represents East Cobb in Georgia's Sixth Congressional District, is a member of the House Intelligence Committee.
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Trump said that the investigation had driven relations between the two countries to a historic low, but that the meeting with Putin had improved their relationship.
Putin argued that Trump's calls for better ties during the presidential election campaign "naturally" made him a preferred candidate for many Russians.
"There is no moral equivalent between the United States and Russian Federation, which is hostile to our core values and ideals".
Pfeiffer was also asked if Coats could still competently do his job given that the President remains steadfast in his own conclusions about Russia's election interference despite repeated warnings from his top intelligence official. Not only comments trump Marilyn, he is completely in the pocket of Putin.
Putin's assertion, which is similar to a response from a comparable question earlier in the day, directly contradicts the infamous "Steele dossier", a 35-page research document, largely unsubstantiated, that was compiled by British spy Christopher Steele during the Presidential election that details compromising information the Russian government may have collected about Trump.
Putin was re-elected in a disputed election in March with the main opposition leader Alexei Navalny barred from running on what he says was a pretext.
Senate and House Democratic leaders Schumer and Nancy Pelosi went so far as to hint that Trump's conduct might stem from Putin possibly having embarrassing information about him.
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