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'Time' morphs Trump and Putin's faces in horrifying cover you'll never unsee

'Time' morphs Trump and Putin's faces in horrifying cover you'll never unsee

Pressed on why Trump has repeatedly passed on opportunities to publicly condemn Putin's actions, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested Trump was working to make the most of an "opportunity" for the two leaders to work together on shared interests.

Trump's director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, said in response to a question at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado: "Well, you're right, I don't know what happened at that meeting".

During an interview with CBS News on Wednesday, Mr Trump said he held Mr Putin personally responsible for interfering in the election, and that he was "very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling".

Putin's proposal would have enabled Special Counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors to speak with Russians they've accused of hacking during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, in exchange for Russian investigators questioning United States officials, such as former ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul and businessman Bill Browder, who is suspected of financial misdeeds in Russia.

Trump also again described the Helsinki summit as a "great success."

Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers grappled with Trump's conflicting statements as they discussed ways to show their opposition to what they saw in Helsinki, including strengthening sanctions.

Putin, speaking to Russian diplomats from around the world assembled in Moscow, said on Thursday that the summit had been a success overall, but complained about what he described as "powerful" United States efforts to sabotage it.

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The White House says President Trump opposes a proposal floated by Russian President Vladimir Putin that would allow Russia to interview American officials in exchange for making Russian authorities indicted in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's probe available for questioning.

"There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems.but they can ALL be solved!"

"The administration is not going to send, force Americans to travel to Russian Federation to be interrogated by Vladimir Putin and his team", Pompeo said in an interview with The Christian Broadcasting Network. "But it made me wonder if people are suspicious that he revealed sensitive, classified intelligence, including human source information, to the president of the Russian Federation. In many respects, they are even worse than during the Cold War", he said. At the time, White House officials worked to convince a skeptical president that the Nordic capital would serve as a more effective backdrop - and warned of a firestorm should a West Wing meeting go through.

Trump on Tuesday said he misspoke during the news conference.

On Wednesday, he sparked fresh controversy by appearing to say "no" when asked if Russian Federation was still targeting the U.S., again contradicting intelligence agencies. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) to insist the president fully implement sanctions against Russian Federation that Congress passed nearly a year ago, calling it unnecessarily "symbolic".

On Thursday, FBI Director Christopher Wray said the United States intelligence community stands by its view that Russian Federation meddled in the U.S. election.


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