Intelligence Director on Putin Invite: 'Say That Again?'

20 July, 2018, 22:58 | Author: Sheila Harris

Sanders said the White House was considering Russia's idea of allowing its officials to interview 11 Americans - including former USA ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul - in exchange for special counsel Robert Mueller to interview 12 Russians indicted for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Michael Morell, former deputy and acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said Coats and other national security officials in the Trump administration are just doing their jobs, and the president undermines them and the institutions they lead when he makes "inaccurate statements".

In an interview with CNBC television on Thursday, Trump said that "getting along with President Putin, getting along with Russia's a positive, not a negative".

Speaking to NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday, Coats said he still didn't "know what happened", during an hours-long private meeting between Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and translators.

"That's not my role. It is what it is", Coats said in a verbal shrug. Coats just dared to tell the truth about Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. He said he thought Russian Federation was no longer interfering with US elections, then his press secretary said he hadn't said that.

CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang joins CBSN to discuss the plans for a second summit and what was discussed in Helsinki. "And I have felt very strongly that while Russia's actions had no impact at all on the outcome of the election, let me be totally clear in saying that, and I have said this many times, I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place". Dan Sullivan said "I wouldn't do it, that's for damn sure".

The president's pro-Russia remarks often put the intelligence chief, who has criticized Russian Federation for years, in a tough position.

He added: "My thoughts there were that I needed to correct the record".

The former Republican lawmaker was banned from travelling to Russian Federation in 2014 for calling out its annexation of Crimea. "The president and his administration are working very hard to make sure that Russian Federation is unable to meddle in our elections as they have done in the past and as we have stated".

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'Okay.' Coats said, chuckling as he appeared to contemplate the prospects. "They are the ones who are trying to wreak havoc over our election process". He added that when he joined the administration, he met the president and told him that, as non-sycophants are wont to do, there would be times that he would bring news he didn't want to hear.

Coats didn't answer the question directly. The votes were not recognised by Ukraine, the USA or the European Union, while Russian Federation said it "respected" the results.

Trump had praised the proposal on Monday as an "incredible offer" and Sanders later described it as an "interesting idea" that was being discussed internally.

The Russian leader praised Mr Trump's mediation efforts in North Korea, but slammed his decision to pull out of the worldwide accord curbing Iran's nuclear activities.

The Kremlin has the final say, but hasn't responded yet to the proposal Trump made Thursday.

He also said that North Korean exports have declined dramatically, putting economic pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be".

Coats was asked if there is a risk that nerve agent poisonings in Britain that have been blamed on the Russians are possible in the United States. He just said it's not Russian Federation. "The Russians do bold things, extraordinary things". Nunes said a panel hearing on China was not an appropriate venue.

One Twitter user mused that the 48-year-old, who was born in Slovenia, made a face which displayed her "abject terror" at greeting Putin.



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