U.S. intel chief stands by assessment of Russian meddling

U.S. intel chief stands by assessment of Russian meddling

United States President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed Russian President Vladimir Putin's stance on Russia's non-involvement in the 2016 US Presidential election, insisting that he ran a clean campaign. Trump, for his part, noted that the United States and Russian Federation work together toward the goal of ensuring Israel's security, specifically as it relates to Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria and its troops' advance on rebel positions near Israel's Golan Heights.

"Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the U.S. -Russia relationship back to normal", Putin said.

Sasse responded to Trump right as the meeting with Putin was scheduled to start. He has repeatedly noted that Putin denies it, while also saying that it is alleged to have taken place before he became president.

"Our (US and Russian) militaries have gotten along better than our political leaders for a number of years".

Trump's willingness to accept Putin's denials puts him at odds, not only with his US intelligence agencies and lawmakers from both parties, but also his own national security adviser, John Bolton, who said Sunday that after seeing the indictments, he found it "hard to believe" that Putin was unaware of election interference.

Trump held his meeting with Putin just days after a special prosecutor in the United States indicted 12 Russian agents for stealing Democratic Party documents to help him win the vote. "Let me say this, I don't see any reason why it would be". Undeterred, the American president was set to go face to face with Putin, the authoritarian leader for whom he has expressed admiration.

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In some of the strongest words yet reflecting the unease of Washington's traditional allies, Germany's foreign minister said on Monday Europe could not rely on Trump.

Trump noted during the press conference that Putin maintained his stance that Russian Federation did not meddle in the US elections. Trump received a football of the FIFA World Cup in the news conference.

Putin said: "The time has come to talk in a substantive way about our relations and problem areas of the world".

"I don't think you'll have any 'Gee, I did it". Trump seemed to return the favor by waiting until Putin had arrived at the palace before leaving his hotel.

This statement suggests that Warner now believes that there is ample justification for impeaching President Trump, as a "breach of his duty to defend our country against its adversaries" would clearly be grounds for impeachment. The Russians said it lasted two hours and 10 minutes. The joint news conference ended the meetings.