What Trump And Putin Agreed To In Helsinki

68% of Republicans approve Trump's handling of summit, poll finds

68% of Republicans approve Trump's handling of summit, poll finds

Trump was asked at the end of Monday's summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin: "Who do you believe" - USA intelligence, which accuses Russia of election meddling, or Putin, who denies it?

Top aides gathered to convince the president to issue a rare walk-back of the comments he'd made raising doubts about US intelligence conclusions of Russian election interference as he stood alongside Vladimir Putin.

During a post-summit news conference on Monday, the president seemed to favor Putin's denials over the USA intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the election in order to benefit Trump.

Moving forward, 89 percent of Democrats said they feared that Russian Federation will meddle in the 2018 midterm elections, in contrast with 61 percent of Republicans who said they were not concerned.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Putin critic, tweeted after the exchange that he'd have the ball checked for listening devices and "never allow it in the White House".

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats did not attempt to hide his surprise when told, while on stage at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, that Putin had been invited to the White House.

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.

Thursday's announcement was the latest unexpected turn in a week in which Trump faced a torrent of bipartisan criticism over his cozy approach to Putin and his conflicting statements about Moscow's election interference, all while brushing aside warnings that Putin should be viewed as an adversary.

On CNBC, Trump said his administration has put sanctions on Russia and kicked Russian diplomats out of the United States.

During the panel, Coats said he was still not sure what was discussed at Trump and Putin's one-on-one meeting in Helsinki.

Antonov said Putin had made concrete proposals to Trump about resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Interfax said, though he did not spell out what these were.

Russian Federation is ready to discuss a proposed new meeting between Putin and Trump, Interfax news agency cited Russia's ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, as saying on Friday.

Mr. Trump waited 27 hours, sent five tweets and sat for two television interviews after his initial comments in Helsinki before claiming he'd used a confusing "double negative" and meant "would" instead of "wouldn't" in a key sentence at his press conference about who was responsible for election meddling. Members of Congress said they want to learn more about their closed-door meeting in Helsinki and whether Trump made commitments to his Russian counterpart.

The Russian Foreign Ministry's statement said the July 21 conversation took place "at the initiative of the United States".

This sensible Russian Federation policy will soon be tested as the president moves forward with his outreach to Putin.

With confusion still swirling around what the two men discussed behind closed doors in Helsinki earlier this week, Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said it's important to "deal with the results" of their first summit before jumping too fast into a new one.

He laughed and said: "That's going to be special".

The Russian ambassador said Moscow is ready to discuss a proposed new meeting between Putin and Trump, Interfax said.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio also urged the White House to "publicly and unequivocally rule it out".

Trump left the White House for his New Jersey golf club for the weekend. For instance, when I served in the White House, under George W. Bush, he came to President Bush's home in Crawford, Texas. I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed, including stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear.

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