Angela Merkel Supports Proposed Trump/Putin Summit in Washington - Hit & Run

Posted July 22, 2018

Putin has maintained that it was held in "strict compliance with global law", reiterating during the summit, "This case is closed for Russian Federation".

A White House meeting would be a dramatic extension of legitimacy to the Russian leader, who has always been isolated by the West for activities in Ukraine, Syria and beyond and is believed to have interfered in the 2016 presidential election that sent Trump to the presidency.

Asked about the president's performance in Helsinki, she said: "It's important not to cherry-pick one moment".

"I think that's an incredible offer. OK?" I have President Putin.

"People wanted change. He's changing", Kaufman said of Trump.

DAN COATS: Say that again.

Subsequently, the president was broadly accused of siding with Putin over the USA intelligence community on this issue. The Kremlin had said in April that the president had invited the Russian leader to the White House when they spoke by telephone in March.

The Trump administration abandoned those groups when Russian Federation violated the cease-fire agreement it had struck with the United States and helped Assad brutally retake the territory, slaughtering civilians from the ground and air.

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Trump tweeted that the two men discussed Ukraine but has not mentioned a referendum or revealed specifics of the Ukraine discussions.

Putin would be setting foot inside the building for the first time in more than a decade.

"My people came to me - [U.S. Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coats came to me and some others - and they said they think it's Russian Federation".

The day after, Trump was back in Washington and said he does accept the intelligence community's conclusion, but added: "It could be other people also - there's a lot of people out there". However, on Tuesday, Trump claimed that he misspoke on the issue.

"The sentence should have been: 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation, '" he said.

Merkel said the European Union was "ready" to respond if Trump makes good on his threat to slap steep tariffs on foreign cars, a move that would hit Germany's auto industry particularly hard.

He clarified it a day later, claiming he should have said he didn't see any reason why it "wouldn't" be Russian Federation that meddled. "Sort of a double negative".

But the chaos of Trump's governing style can also have an upside, even with Russian Federation.

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Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesTrump on Wednesday suggested Russian Federation is not planning future attacks on USA elections. In Trump's White House, chaos is a feature, not a bug.

This contradicted statements made by Coats earlier in the week.

Trump's hand-picked RNC chairwoman, Ronna Romney McDaniel, suggested in an interview that the debates over Charlottesville and Russian Federation have little in common.

At Wednesday's press briefing, Sanders said Trump did not claim Russian Federation isn't planning future attacks on U.S. elections, claiming he was saying "no" to questions from reporters.

"I think I did great at the news conference, "Trump told CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor Wednesday amid harsh blowbackfrom lawmakers, intelligence veterans, and even some of his own allies".

"You know what I know about foreign policy?"

It restated the US intelligence community's assessment that Moscow did extensively interfere, and continues to interfere.

The visit will be controversial because it will bring a U.S. adversary accused of masterminding a scheme to help put Trump into power to the United States at about the same time as midterm elections that USA spy agencies say are already falling victim to Moscow's meddling.

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"I haven't seen any evidence that the attempts to interfere in our election infrastructure was to favor a particular political party", Nielsen said. He also told CBS News he did hold Putin responsible for election meddling perpetrated by Russian Federation but only indirectly, saying "because he's in charge of the country".