Sen. Lindsey Graham says Trump's tough talk "not working" on Putin

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US director of intelligence Dan Coats said on Saturday he in no way meant to be disrespectful toward President Donald Trump with what he called his "awkward response" to news of a second planned Trump summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump later attempted to clarify those remark amid a groundswell of bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill.

"The evidence is overwhelming and the president needs to say that and act like it", said Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, in an interview with "Fox News Sunday" aired hours before Trump's tweet.

"It can be proven beyond any evidentiary burden that Russian Federation is not our friend and they tried to attack us in 2016", Gowdy said.

Screenshot  YouTube via Russian Defense Ministry
Screenshot YouTube via Russian Defense Ministry

"And instead, the president did not show the strength that an American president, I believe, should have shown at that moment", Menendez said.

Two Trump associates, former national security adviser Mike Flynn and campaign foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty a year ago to charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller alleging they had lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about their Russian Federation contacts.

"The damage inflicted by President Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate". He asked his interviewer, "Say that again, did I hear you?" If you want to rejoin the world order and observe worldwide law and stop invading sovereign nations like Ukraine, then we can have a pathway forward. The White House knew that Coats was speaking in Aspen at the time that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted that Trump had extended an invitation to the Russian president, officials said.

Thursday marked the third day of Mr Trump trying to manage the political fallout from his widely criticised performance at the summit meeting with Mr Putin in Finland.


"The reality is we have no idea what this president, our president agreed to" in the two-hourlong meeting, though "the Kremlin intelligence agents know exactly what took place in that meeting", Schiff said.

"Just have sanctions that can fall on Russian Federation like a hammer", Graham said on CBS' "Face the Nation". "The sentence should have been: I don't see any reason why I wouldn't - or why it wouldn't be Russian Federation".

"OK. That's gonna be special", he said.

Confusion followed after his return to the United States, where he has since said that he misspoke at a joint news conference in Helsinki with Mr Putin and does hold the Russian leader personally responsible.


The statement yesterday from Coats, more than 48 hours after the initial interview, capped a week of public walk backs by the Trump administration relating to Russian Federation.

Rice alleged that Trump has taken decisions that have served Russian interests as opposed to United States interests. Marco Rubio of Florida, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he believed the warrants to monitor Page were justified.

But, Barletta's campaign said, "our adversarial relationship should not derail efforts to find common ground through diplomacy on important issues like stabilizing Syria and denuclearization - just like our stalwart alliances with European nations should not handcuff United States policy from requesting trade fairness and full North Atlantic Treaty Organisation payments".


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