Trump keeps up defense of Helsinki performance

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 18, 2018

While many in the media were excoriating President Donald Trump for his weird comments during the press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a new poll shows how Americans saw the episode. So rather than back his own intelligence officers, he took the side of Putin. Previous year he sought to blame both sides for deadly attacks by white supremacists on activists in Charlottesville, Virginia; he later tried to back down, only to then revert to his original position. "WE got along well which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match" promising "big results will come!"

Trump also accused past American leaders, rather than Russia's destabilizing actions in the USA and around the world, for the souring of relations between two countries.

He backed away from his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 USA election. "It's 24 hours too late and in the wrong place", he said.

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At a news conference afterwards, Mr Trump was asked if he believed his own intelligence agencies or the Russian president when it came to allegations of meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Trudeau says Canada remains strongly opposed to a host of Russian actions under Putin's watch, including the annexation of Crimea, its support for Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad and rebels in eastern Ukraine, and its use of chemical weapons in Britain.

That is going to be hard for numerous president's critics to swallow, however. Even some Fox News commentators, who are often more Catholic than the pope on these issues, seemed distraught by the performance that more critical analysts called almost treasonous.

The damage, however, has been done. All the explanations can not change that.

The prime minister says Canada is also committed to standing with eastern European nations like Latvia, where he recently visited 450 Canadians troops leading a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation battle group whose task is to protect against a Russian invasion. But as the president arrived back to the United States, that feeling soon turned to anger, according to a Republican source close to the White House.

REPORTER: President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016. The US ended the Iran nuclear deal, which was one of the worst deals anyone could imagine, he said, adding that this has had a major impact on Iran and it has substantially weakened Iran. "You have the opportunity, two of the world's superpowers, and instead the question is, 'Gee, do you have anything on the president?' That's not the way the press ought to conduct itself".

"My people came to me, Dan Coats [the director of national intelligence] came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russian Federation".

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Trump on Tuesday sought to clarify his initial remarks, saying he accepts the USA intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.

He said he then reviewed the transcripts of his Helsinki statements and explained that he had misspoken.

"I take him at his word if he says he misspoke, absolutely", he said.
"I don't see any reason why it would be".

Is this how the Western order falls, with a double negative? A lot of people out there. Yeah, I did heard these rumors that these allegedly collected compromising material on Mr. Trump when he was visiting Moscow.

However, he did not respond when reporters asked him if he would condemn Mr Putin.

President Donald Trump may tout his name as a global brand, but apparently in 2013 the "Apprentice" star and real estate mogul wasn't even on Vladimir Putin's radar. And what he did is an incredible offer; he offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people. "But as long as this becomes a political, partisan, stop-Trump-at-all-costs effort, I don't think we are going to make much progress".

While many US officials are blasting Trump's performance, Trudeau wouldn't comment, and instead repeated his condemnation of Putin and Russian Federation. There is no rush, the sanctions remain!

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But he also said "other people" could have been involved, echoing past comments.

"He made a frightful statement, tried to back off, but couldn't even bring himself to back off", he told the Senate.

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