Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

McConnell says next Trump-Putin meeting can wait

McConnell says next Trump-Putin meeting can wait

"President Trump looks forward to having President Putin to Washington after the first of the year, and he is open to visiting Moscow upon receiving a formal invitation", the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, told reporters.

Perhaps more troubling for the president is that 53 percent of independent voters said they disapproved of Trump's performance, while 29 percent approved.

Beyond the politics, the real world implications of Trump's meeting with Putin and remarks in Helsinki are stark: The U.S. intelligence community's already demanding job became even more challenging - which weakens the United States' ability to ensure our national security.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia's navy in 2018 will receive 26 new ships and vessels, four of which will be equipped with the Caliber missile system, Gazeta.ru reports.

Trump, whose advisers have warned him Russian Federation continues its interference in the run-up to congressional elections in November, met with his national security aides on Friday to discuss election security.

Trump 'open' to visiting Moscow for meeting with Putin
Trump Is Open To Visiting Russia If Putin Invites Him, White House Says

Trump rejected the criticism sparked by his Helsinki news conference with Putin and said he misspoke in a series of flip-flops over the summit.

US intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow interfered to sway the vote toward Trump, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump's campaign worked with the Russians.

Trump also signaled at the press conference that he believed Vladimir Putin's denials of the attacks over the unanimous conclusions that had been reached by US intelligence agencies.

While cautioning that "conditions have to be provided" for a follow-up to their July 16 summit in Helsinki, Putin said that Trump "has a wish to hold further meetings, and I am ready for that".

From reportedly raging that CNN was on the first lady's television set, to refusing to take questions from the network, to the White House barring one of its reporters from a press event: the Trump-CNN relationship is toxic.


A White House statement said the meeting addressed threats to elections "from malign foreign actors" and efforts on providing cyber security assistance to state and local authorities.

Both Trump and Putin have said they are determined to improve relations.

Collins had asked the president about his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen whose recently released tapes captured President Donald Trump discussing hush money payments to cover up his alleged affair with Playboy model, Karen McDougal.

"I can't say it more forcefully".

Putin admitted that he wanted Trump to win the election when asked by a reporter, reasoning that Trump had discussed "normalizing" the United States' relationship with Russian Federation. If Russia interfered in the 2016 election, then his election victory is tainted - and Trump is unwilling to allow that possibility to go unchallenged. However, efforts to achieve detente have been fiercely resisted by USA lawmakers, including some in Trump's own Republican Party, who accuse him of being too friendly toward Putin.


Trump has since tried to walk back at least some of his comments.

The Republican leaders appear to be increasingly relying on public signals, rather than private phone calls or Oval Office chats, to catch the White House's attention and communicate with Trump - especially when they are at odds with the president's approach or policies.

"It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it", Sanders said.

During his campaign, Trump barred reporters from about a dozen media organizations - including The Washington Post, Politico and BuzzFeed - from being credentialed at his rallies, news conferences and other events, and from flying on the press charter plane.


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