Kremlin dismisses ex-CIA chief's assumptions that Trump 'was intimidated' by Putin

Kremlin dismisses ex-CIA chief's assumptions that Trump 'was intimidated' by Putin”

The two Presidents affirmed that these steps must include full implementation of UNSCR 2254, including constitutional reform and free and fair elections under United Nations supervision, held to the highest global standards of transparency, with all Syrians, including members of the diaspora, eligible to participate.

Speaking with reporters in the press cabin on Air Force One on Saturday, Trump called Comey a proven "liar" and "leaker", as he seemed to take Russian President Vladimir Putin's word that he didn't meddle in last year's U.S. presidential election.

That last bit was yet another dig at former CIA director John Brennan and former director of national intelligence James Clapper Jr. whom he regards as political hacks. "This indicates that the relationship between Russian Federation and the United States has not come out from the state of crisis", Putin said. Asia-Pacific leaders would have pressed him for confirmation and elaboration on the report.

TAPPER: "Um, that's not a "No" or a 'Yes'".

Specifically, for Vladimir Putin to have a meeting with Donald Trump hot on the heels of the latter's state visits across East Asia would have provided an excellent opportunity for Moscow to subtly but unmistakably assert itself as an Asian player.

Putin once again denied that Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 USA election. Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied the allegations, and the president has said that he took him at his word.

"I think it's something Mr. Trump should be ashamed of", he added. "Every time he sees me, he says, 'I didn't do that....' Putin said he did not do what they said he did".

So, Donald Trump yet again said something mind-blowingly insane this week. "And now, if you don't mind, I believe it's time for me to be-leaving".

A meeting with Donald Trump that dovetailed with Trump's Asia tour would likely have been a benefit for Russian Federation in its attempts to maneuver through the twists of the "Korean knot". Is that the new standard, throw our elections under the bus to get a foreign policy "win" for the Trump White House?

Yet, just a day earlier, he had lashed out at the former heads of the U.S. intelligence agencies, dismissing them as "political hacks" and claiming there were plenty of reasons to be suspicious of their findings that Russian Federation meddled to help Trump defeat Hillary Clinton previous year. "As now led by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies".

"Considering the source of that criticism, I consider that criticism a badge of honor", Brennan said. "He said he didn't meddle. But it doesn't seem as though anything he does he feels any shame whatsoever". Clapper agreed, saying Trump is "very susceptible to rolling out the red carpet and honour guards and all the trappings and pomp and circumstance that come with the office". Because he could really help us in North Korea. And there shouldn't be any illusions or any ambiguity about that.

Trump also assessed the outcome of the meeting with Putin.

Other shows also touched on the Trump-Russia issue.

Even if Trump does believe Putin's risible claim, though, only a naïf would also consider Putin a partner for peace. "And I don't think they have any intention of backing off". "I think he's a unsafe man and a thug".

He wrote on Twitter recently: 'The Fake News is working overtime.

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