United States officials still in the dark on what Trump discussed with Putin

United States officials still in the dark on what Trump discussed with Putin

Coats learned of the proposed second meeting with Putin when the White House announced it on Twitter, while he was being interviewed at the Aspen conference. With his base still behind him, Mr Trump appears ready to press on with his efforts.

On Thursday, after an outcry in Congress, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders issued a statement that Trump "disagrees" with Putin's proposal to have Russian officials question Americans suspected of illegal activity by Moscow, including a former US ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul. US intelligence agencies accuse Putin of directing interference to sway the election against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton toward Republican Trump.

Mr Trump tweeted on Thursday that his critics in the media "are pushing so recklessly hard and hate the fact that I'll probably have a good relationship with Putin". "That's going to be special", he said, after expressing shock at the news.

This was during Putin's first term as president and then US President Bush said of the meeting: "This is a new day in the long history of Russian-American relations, a day of progress and a day of hope".

When Coats pushed back at Trump's Monday statements siding with Putin on election interference, senior aides were fearful he might quit, according to the Post.

A White House National Security Council spokesman said later the United States on Friday rejected a proposal from Russian Federation for a referendum to decide the fate of eastern Ukraine.

US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who issued the indictments against the 12 Russians last week, said on Thursday that the US would seek to warn the public in the future when it believes foreign states are trying to influence elections.

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US officials have been mum on what, if anything, the two leaders agreed to in Helsinki during a two-hour, one-on-one meeting. The White House is still trying to clean up post-summit Trump statements on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Among those Russian Federation was seeking to question was former USA ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul. Challenging the narrative that he's been soft on Russia, Trump also noted that he has slapped Moscow with fresh sanctions.

Putin said, "I want to confirm that Russian Federation is interested in this development and. will act accordingly", but neither leader was very clear about what the next steps would be.

Allowing Russian officials to interview Mr McFaul would be a violation of the longstanding tradition that foreign diplomats have legal immunity.

"But like many other things, when it got too hot, the Republican reaction was "we don't want to know, '" Schiff said". What happened during the one-on-one between Trump and Putin with only interpreters present remains unknown.

"We will see how things develop further", Mr Putin said, evoking unnamed "forces" in the United States trying to prevent any improvement in relations and "putting narrow party interests above the national interest".

During a joint press conference with Putin after their meeting in Helsinki, Trump said he didn't see "any reason" why Russian Federation would meddle, adding that Putin was "extremely strong and powerful in his denial".

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