The Atlantic: Against the US, Putin's Russian Federation has an advantage - weakness


"For whatever reason, this president acts like he's compromised", Schiff told ABC's This Week.

But public reaction nationally appears more muted than in Washington, where Trump faced withering bipartisan criticism for appearing to side with Putin over US intelligence agencies at a Monday news conference in Helsinki.

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that just one-third of Americans (33 percent) approve of how Trump handled his meeting with Putin whereas 50 percent did not. Will Hurd's (R-TX) op-ed in the New York Times Thursday asserting that Trump had "actively participated in a Russian disinformation campaign that legitimized Russian denial [of election interference] and weakened the credibility of the United States to both our friends and foes overseas".

Mr Coats issued a rare statement rebutting the president's comments during a press conference with Mr Putin doubting the findings of the intelligence community on Russian election interference.

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

For his part, Barletta said in a statement released by his campaign that he, too, agrees with USA intelligence agencies, and that he will "continue to do everything I can" to prevent Russian Federation from doing so again.

I guess his supporters say he may have done that behind the scenes.

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MENENDEZ: Well, I would have liked him to have said, look, President Putin, we know that you interfered in our 2016 elections and that you are doing it now and that's not a question, that's a statement and here are consequences to it.

"Hopefully something like that never happens again, but I think it's important though to focus on the policy, which ultimately is what matters", Rubio said. The critics include Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan who said, " There is no question that Russian Federation interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world". "They didn't agree on anything, unlike what has been reported by apparently the Russian government in a way to mislead us", Bossert added.

Trump, who touched off a major political controversy with his embrace of Putin in Helsinki, Finland, accused the news media - which he again dubbed the "enemy of the people" - of distorting the summit and pining for a confrontation between the United States and Russian Federation. "The reality is, we have no idea what this president, our president, agreed to", Schiff said. "That's an asymmetric advantage for the Kremlin because they do".

On Thursday, the White House announced the two leaders would meet again in the fall in Washington, around the time of the congressional midterm elections the U.S. intelligence community says Russian Federation is trying to meddle in.

Gowdy, also on Fox, suggested that the White House invitation extended to Putin - which caught even senior administration figures like Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, unawares - was unwise.

But Coats' display of surprise upon learning that Trump had invited Putin to Washington this fall for a follow-on meeting drew the president's ire.