President Trump Allegedly Hid Details From Putin Meetings

President Trump Allegedly Hid Details From Putin Meetings

"Why is he so chummy with Vladimir Putin, this man who is a former KGB agent, never been a friend to the United States, invaded our allies, threatens us around the world, and tries his damndest to undermine our elections, why is this President Trump's best buddy?" The report cited unnamed current and former USA officials.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was Central Intelligence Agency director at the time the investigation was launched, declined to comment on the New York Times report, but insisted in an interview with CBS that "the notion that President Trump is a threat to American national security is absolutely ludicrous". "It was a great conversation".

"It's been many months since Helsinki, and we still don't know what Putin and Trump talked about", Engel said, referencing Trump's bilateral meeting with the Russian strongman past year and the subsequent press conference, during which Trump appeared to accept Putin's denial of election meddling over the assessment of American intelligence agencies.

"Why is he so chummy with Vladimir Putin, this man who is a former KGB agent, never been a friend to the USA, invaded our allies, threatens us around the world, and tries his damndest to undermine our elections, why is this President Trump's best buddy?"

A White House spokesman told the Post that the Trump administration has looked to "improve the relationship with Russia" after the Obama administration "pursued a flawed "reset" policy that sought engagement for the sake of engagement".

The spokesman talked to the Post on the condition of anonymity and said that following the 2017 Hamburg meeting that included Tillerson, the former secretary of state "gave a fulsome readout of the meeting immediately afterward to other USA officials in a private setting, as well as a readout to the press". The Times reported Mueller also took over the counterintelligence investigation, but the paper said it is unclear whether that aspect of his investigation is ongoing.

Trump told Judge Jeanine Pirro on Saturday night that the Times article was "the most insulting" thing ever written about him.

A White House spokesman contacted by the Washington Post who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the administration has sought to "improve the relationship with Russian Federation".

Trump under fresh scrutiny over relationship with Putin
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also derided the Times account, calling it "absolutely ludicrous" in a Saturday interview on CBS. But Trump pointed out that having discussions with world leaders is something that is normal and should not be scrutinized.

A separate source said Baker told investigators the internal FBI debate over the president's decision to fire Comey on May 9, 2017, included personnel who have since left the bureau for cause, retired, or have been demoted.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement calling the Post story "so outrageously inaccurate it doesn't even warrant a response". "I couldn't care less".

He added, "I was very concerned by President Trump's steadfast and public refusal to embrace the conclusion of our own intelligence community that Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation had interfered in our 2016 election. And when you get outside of Beltway, I don't find anybody concerned with this at all".

Ratcliffe said he was surprised to read Friday's New York Times report, which quoted part of his Baker interview, and reported that after the Comey firing "law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president's behavior" that they began investigating whether Trump was working on behalf of Russian Federation.

"Are you now, or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?"

But he said most Americans outside of Washington were not interested in the subject. "Anybody could have listened to that meeting, that meeting is up for grabs".

For opponents of the president, there are no innocent explanations for Trump's actions, which are possible evidence that Trump has colluded with Russian Federation, a question at the heart of the special counsel inquiry.

Trump has repeatedly denounced the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt", denying any collusion with Russia's attempt to sway the 2016 election.

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