Trump vows to hold second meeting with Putin

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American intelligence agencies a year ago announced their conclusion that Russian Federation carried out a campaign of hacking and propaganda targeting the 2016 US election in an attempt to sow discord, disparage Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and aid Trump's candidacy.

By day's end, in an interview with CBS News, Trump was ready to set an unmistakably forceful tone.

The White House has insisted it believes Russian Federation still poses a threat to the United States amid confusion over comments made by President Donald Trump. "We know he's coming after me because of the Magnitsky Act", Browder said on "The Story".

Speaking at a security conference in Aspen, Wray publicly repeated his view that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump weighed in on his earlier NATO summit in Brussels where he pushed for member countries to ramp up their defense spending, but he added that his Russian Federation summit may be "an even greater success", citing cooperation with Putin on North Korea.

US prosecutors have offered mounting evidence concerning Russian election meddling.

His reservations, 18 months into his presidency and standing next to Putin on foreign soil, prompted blistering criticism at home, including from prominent fellow Republicans.

When asked whether Trump's initial siding with Putin raised any red flags, John expressed his confidence in the president. That came just days after National Intelligence Director Dan Coats sounded an alarm, comparing the cyberthreat today to how the way USA officials said before 9/11 that intelligence channels were "blinking red" with warning signs that a terror attack was imminent.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders clarified on Wednesday that that the president and his administration are "working very hard to make sure that Russian Federation is unable to meddle in our elections".

"The president is wrong", Sen.

Browder, who as the head of Heritage Capital was once the West's largest investor in Russian Federation, has been called "Putin's nemesis" for his role in successfully pushing through so-called Magnitsky laws in a number of Western nations that impose sanctions on human rights abusers in Russian Federation and other countries.

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The uproar follows President Donald Trump's talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki summit on Monday. And the scripted cleanup pertained only to the least defensible of his comments.

However, he did not respond when reporters asked him if he would condemn Mr Putin. "The combining of faces is a different way for people to see what they couldn't see before".

However, at the State Department on Wednesday, spokeswoman Heather Nauert offered a more forceful denunciation of the Russian allegations than her White House counterpart.

The legal definition of treason is providing "aid and comfort" to enemies of the US, a high crime. Interestingly, the merged image of the two leaders has scared many people on social media.

The former Australian prime minister said the United States president had clearly made a mistake when he said he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence agencies. "And then, all of a sudden, he's gone haywire because they got to him and they probably- got him to say things that maybe he doesn't even mean".

As the White House mulls a deal with Russian Federation to allow President Vladimir Putin's agents to question, among other Americans, former Ambassador Michael McFaul, elected officials and diplomats are sounding the alarm about the unsafe precedent even considering the idea sets. Lawmakers have urged Trump to reject the deal.

Mr Howard also said the alliance between Australia and the USA was "rock solid". Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who heads up the GOP's campaign arm. Arizona Senator Jeff Flake called it shameful, saying, "I never thought I'd see an American president throw the intelligence community under the bus like that and agree with an authoritarian dictator like he did".

"There was some conversation about it, but there wasn't a commitment made on behalf of the United States", Sanders said at Wednesday's press briefing. A similar vote Tuesday in the House failed on a party-line vote.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said last week that "the warning signs are there".

"I believe that (Trump's) behavior is commonly understood as treasonous", said Tanden, who served as policy aide to President Barack Obama.

What makes this feel different is that some commentators are actually accusing Trump of being a traitor-including, by the way, Times columnist Charles Blow, who delivered the verdict before Trump met with Putin.

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