IN Focus: Indiana politicians come to Coats' defense after Russian Federation summit

Miscommunication Reigns After Trump's Meeting with Putin

Miscommunication Reigns After Trump's Meeting with Putin

Moscow, however, says her case came up in the conversation.

Trump sided with Putin over the USA intelligence community on the subject of Russian election interference during a press conference in Helsinki on Monday, only to walk back on his statements upon returning to the US. Among registered voters, 54% disapproved of Trump's performance at the meeting. "Tightening now hurts all that we have done", Trump tweeted.

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. "It's 100 percent accurate", the senator said. The rest have no opinion.

'I believe I would get along very nicely with Putin, ' Trump responded.

Coats' appearance at the Aspen Institute had generated some frustration at the White House.

"Russia should suffer consequences for its aggressive and destabilizing behavior as well as its continuing illegal occupation of Ukraine", Mattis said in a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain.

He discusses the Trump conundrum with the same vexation as a dozen other former intelligence officials I've spoken with since the president's shockingly acquiescent performance onstage Mondaywith Russian President Vladimir Putin. But a smaller 31 percent disapprove, with 18 percent offering no opinion.

In an investigation published by Mother Jones on Thursday, ties between the NRA and two Russians who were accused by the FBI of carrying out a malevolent political influence operation inside the USA were revealed.

Democrats had a near consensus on Trump's handling of the summit, with 83% disapproving and 8% approving. Self-identified "moderates" are particularly negative, with 64 percent disapproving of how Trump handled the meeting, almost as high as 73 percent among liberals.

Gowdy has been vocal about his disagreements with the current administration lately, voicing concerns about Trump appearing increasingly cuddly with one of the country's most longstanding arch enemies. That is an improvement on last November, when the margin between those who said weaker versus those who said stronger was 27 percentage points.

A statement from the U.S. State Department on Sunday said the men discussed Syria, counterterrorism and business-to-business ties.

Meanwhile, Trump has railed throughout the week at the news media, blaming reporters for negative coverage of the summit, even though much of the reporting has focused on Republicans' condemnations.

But Trump's National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis said Friday that agreements between Russian Federation and the Ukrainian government for resolving the conflict in the Donbas region do not include any such option and any effort to organize a "so-called referendum" would have "no legitimacy".

In contrast to many surveys about the president and politics, the Helsinki poll produced only modest gender differences.

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