"It may very well be that he is compromised or it may very well be that he believes he's compromised, that the Russians have information on him", Shiff added. The meeting came just days after the special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers suspected of playing a role in the hack of the Democratic National Committee before the 2016 United States election. According to the survey, 56 percent of Americans disapproved of Trump for expressing doubt over the US intelligence community's conclusions about Russian meddling and 29 percent approved. A clearly surprised Coats, who had not been told of the invitation, laughed and said, "That's going to be special". They are pushing so recklessly hard and hate the fact that I'll probably have a good relationship with Putin.
USA businesses could face an uphill battle, however, if they aim to block or defang the legislation.
Trump's public doubting of Russia's culpability for interference in 2016 - though he tried to "clarify" his remarks a day later - sparked bipartisan condemnation in Washington and sparked congressional lawmakers to look once again for ways to tighten sanctions on the longtime US foe. "If any one of them gets way with the kind of attack Russian Federation did, it only empowers them and gives them more reason to keep probing, and possibly damaging or destroying certain institutions in our economy and our government". "I hope though when the president says the meeting will take place in the fall or autumn that it's not right before the midterm elections, but rather after", Bossert said.
"I'm glad [Trump] said what he said, because it left the impression that somehow we were siding with Putin versus our intelligence agencies", Rubio said on "Face the Nation" Sunday. "I will also say this", Gowdy opined.
"Who do you believe?", Lemire had asked, referring to Trump's well established disbelief in the USA intelligence community's ironclad conclusions about Russia's efforts to subvert America's democracy.
President Trump's former Press Secretary Sean Spicer acknowledged on Sunday that his former boss should have been quicker in clarifying his comments during a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week about Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, but blamed the media for blowing the issue out of proportion. "So I can't imagine how that would affect future presidents in terms of their abilities to talk with foreign leaders", Graham told CNN. 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".
In addition to his pointed remarks about Russia, Rubio also anticipated that there could be further sanctions from the USA on Nicaragua, given recent violence in the Latin American nation.
"The possibility of a civil war in Nicaragua is real", Rubio said. It would undermine our anti-drug efforts in the region. "There is a direct national security interest for the United States in seeing democracy and stability in Nicaragua".