Senator Lindsey Graham said additional sanctions needed to be tied up before President Donald Trump holds a second meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after the USA leader came under heavy criticism for failing to confront Putin about interference in the 2016 election at a summit last Monday.
"I certainly think he's acting like someone who's compromised, and it may very well be that he is compromised or it may very well be that he believes that he's compromised, that the Russians have information on him", he replied. "The evidence is overwhelming and the president needs to say that and act like it", Gowdy added.
But Trump is vehemently defending the summit in Helsinki, Finland, seven days ago as a great success, despite lingering mystery over what went on in his private one-on-one meeting with Putin and amid uproar over his invitation to the Russian leader for a second summit at the White House.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said in a statement that his Thursday comments at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado were not meant to be critical of the president's handling of the summit. "I don't understand the apparent blindness (Trump) has to Putin's hostile acts". Speaking with CNBC, Trump later characterized (and distorted) the exchange as "fools from the media saying, 'Why didn't you stand there, look him in the face, walk over to him, and start shouting at him?' I said, 'Are these people insane?"
Asked by Stephanopoulos whether Rice thinks Trump is "compromised by Russian Federation", she said she doesn't "know what his motivations are". John McCain, R-Ariz., for example, called Trump's performance one of the most disgraceful by a USA president in memory.
"I have President Putin; he just said it's not Russian Federation". Mr. Trump walked back the statement the next day.
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Coats, in his statement, said, "I and the entire intel community are committed to providing the best possible intelligence to inform and support President Trump's ongoing efforts to prevent Russian meddling in our upcoming elections, to build strong relationships internationally in order to maintain peace, denuclearize risky regimes and protect our nation and our allies". "This country elected a president that was a former businessman, and, as a result, our economy is doing well, and we spend our time trying to have productive meetings with foreign leaders", Bossert continued.
Several senior Democrats said Trump's public show of skepticism of US intelligence conclusions about Russian election interference - while he stood side-by-side with Putin - suggested that the Russian leader, a onetime spymaster, had some kind of hold over him. "It can be proven beyond any evidentiary burden that Russian Federation is not our friend and they tried to attack us in 2016", Gowdy explained. On both questions, those who say they "strongly disapprove" of Trump's performance outnumber those who say they "strongly approve" by better than 2 to 1.
Rubio, calling Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega an "old man" and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, "crazy", said, "There is no future with them in power".
Rubio said he didn't have a "problem" with Mr. Trump meeting with Putin, saying it was "important" for the USA and Russian Federation to speak to one another.
On this question, independents lean more negatively than positively, with 22 percent saying America's leadership has gotten stronger under Trump, 47 percent weaker and about one-quarter saying it has stayed the same.
In a 2013 letter, Page had described himself as an "informal adviser' to the Kremlin but now said "it's really spin" to call him an adviser". But this is unlikely to lead to any major change in how he approaches either Trump personally or the relationship with the United States overall.