NY Times: Trump Learned Extent of Russian Meddling Before Inaugural

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US national security experts warn Trump is behaving more and more like a 'controlled spy'

US President Donald Trump (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin arrive to attend a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. "Is he open to having U.S. officials questioned by Russian Federation?" asked the New York Times White House reporter Maggie Haberman asked.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders later clarified that the president had said "No" to taking questions, and not the one about continued Russian interference.

On Friday of last week was when Mueller issued the indictments against the 12 [Russian military intelligence agency] officers for hacking the US election.

'You say you agree with USA intelligence that Russian Federation meddled in the election in 2016, ' Glor asked him.

"So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki", Trump tweeted.

"Well, I would, because he's in charge of the country". Just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country.

Trump also came under sharp criticism for discussing an agreement with Putin under which Russian authorities would be allowed to question several USA citizens that it claims were involved in illegal dealings with a London-based financier and long-time critic of Putin, William Browder.

Mr Howard also said the alliance between Australia and the USA was "rock solid".

The White House believes that the threat from Russian Federation still exists. "There are lots of people out there".

Mr Trump called the U.S. "foolish", blaming it for the state of relations between the two countries and he refused the repeated invitations of journalists to criticise a single Russian action. In front of the world, Trump took a stance against the Federal Bureau of Investigation and sided with Putin. Putin has denied the allegations regarding Magnitsky and has accused Browder of a multitude of crimes.

"While most people in the world probably haven't heard my name, Vladimir Putin thinks about my name on a very regular basis".

The phrase "Trump Derangement Syndrome" is used by the president's supporters to describe how his critics get so infuriated that they lash out excessively at his behaviour. I'm not pro-Russia, pro-anybody. "I don't see how they will let this go forward".

CNN's Erin Burnett said Trump was making a "dog ate my homework" alibi, adding: "How stupid does Trump think we Americans are?"

They are angry, however, at proposals by US lawmakers to question Trump's translator about what the men discussed privately.

Mr Trump appeared to disagree with U.S. intelligence when he responded "no" to a question about whether Russian Federation was still targeting American elections. He added that he thinks he's been tougher on Russian Federation and its president, Vladimir Putin, than any other US president. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be" Russian Federation.

"We won't be able, as a nation, to fight back against foreign interference in our elections if the Commander in Chief doesn't even acknowledge that it's a real problem", Schumer said in a statement.

"The bottom line is, different people will characterize it differently", Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told reporters this week of Trump's conduct toward Russian Federation.

On Tuesday, Trump read from a printed statement, and said he had misspoken in Helsinki. Didn't get very much play relatively speaking.

Montenegro joined North Atlantic Treaty Organisation previous year in defiance of Moscow after accusing Russian spies of orchestrating an attempted coup to derail the accession.

A bunch of media outlets and former diplomats have speculated that Trump's actions could only be explained if Putin has some kind of compromising evidence that he's using to blackmail the President.

Van Hollen said Trump "isn't willing to protect the integrity of our democracy in the United States, so Congress has to act".

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