White House lights go out as Donald Trump makes address about Russian Federation

White House lights go out as Donald Trump makes address about Russian Federation

White House lights go out as Donald Trump makes address about Russian Federation

During a visit to Europe last week, Trump time and again rebuked the European Union for being an unfair trading partner and called the bloc a "foe".

"If you would be elected as the president, what will be your foreign politics, especially?"

"We've never had a president go overseas and not only lecture to our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but also to embarrass them", said Russian Federation expert William Pomeranz, deputy director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center. "Thankfully. As the president taxes Americans with tariffs, he pushes away our allies and further strengthens Putin", he said.

While Trump was not entirely without defenders, the bipartisan consensus was broadly hostile to his stance in Helsinki - as the top Republican in Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan made clear at a press conference Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

"In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't, '" Trump said Tuesday. The speaker said he stood by his Monday statement that "the president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally".

Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said congressional leaders were searching for the most effective response. Corker accused Trump of giving the impression that America was a weak nation, a pushover.

"We hope that, at some point, Iran will call us and we'll maybe make a new deal", Trump said, adding that Russian Federation has assured him of its support for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that contrary to Trump's earlier statements that Europe is one of US "foes", allies in the European Union are USA "friends" while "the Russians are not".

He made no mention of having walked back comments at his summit press conference that suggested a lack of confidence in USA intelligence agencies.

Trump and Putin met for about two hours during their summit in Helsinki with only translators present.

Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of DE said he is in conversation with Flake and a number of other senators about taking action in response to Trump's comments Monday.

The president held a closely watched summit with Putin this week in Finland. Many details of those talks have not been publicly released.

Trump earlier demanded on Twitter several times that OPEC increase oil production to ease prices, which have remained in the high $70s/b despite an agreement by OPEC and non-OPEC allies to increase production by up to 1 million b/d.

In a hard-hitting paper, the European commission said Trump's tariffs would be "self-defeating and would weaken the U.S. economy", estimating that nearly $300bn (£228bn) worth of United States goods could be hit by countermeasures.

Three years later, at least Trump seems to be consistent. Unlike Putin, who announced that his country - alongside Europe and China - was staying in the nuclear deal with Iran, the deal that Trump withdrew from on May 8, Trump has made it his mission to undermine the Iranian government. They provoked criticism from both sides of the aisle, and cybersecurity experts said Trump's stance could be putting the upcoming midterm elections at risk. Trump also wants Iranian militias out of Syria.

President Donald Trump is defending his Helsinki summit with Russia's president as a "great success" and blaming what he calls "the Fake News Media" for contrary views.

"Can we have the translator come in and testify?"

The conclusion here is as obvious as the nose on your face: Donald Trump has never - and does not now - 100% believe that Russian Federation ran an active campaign to meddle in the 2016 election.

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