Dan Coats rebukes Trump: Russian election interference 'undeniable'

Marsha Scott
July 22, 2018

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

"I agree with the intel community's assessment full stop - any attack on democracy, which is what that was, whether it is successful or it is unsuccessful, is unacceptable", Nielsen said. "He has been an incredible President, and I look forward to another two years and a second term".

"I just felt, at this point in time, that what we had assessed and re-assessed, and reassessed ... still stands and that it was important to take that stand on behalf of the intelligence community and behalf of the American people", Coats said.

She said: "President Trump asked (national security adviser John Bolton) to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already underway".

Pressed by reporters on how she viewed her relationship with Trump in light of his repeated criticism of Germany's asylum policies, defense spending and trade surpluses, a diplomatic Merkel stressed the importance of transatlantic cooperation. He gave no details. The announcement has stirred speculation of a possible address by Putin to a joint meeting of Congress, an honor that is sometimes - but not always - accorded to foreign leaders on state visits to the United States.

"The active advancement in this direction has been helped by the agreements reached by the presidents of Russian Federation and the United States during the summit in Helsinki", Mikhail Mizintsev, a ministry official, was quoted as saying by TASS, the country's news agency.

On Wednesday, the White House said Trump's answer of "no" to a reporter who asked if Russian Federation was still targeting the United States was just his declining to answer questions.

Then on Thursday, the White House said he "disagrees" with Mr Putin's offer to allow USA questioning of 12 Russians who have been indicted for election interference in exchange for Russian interviews with the former United States ambassador to Russia and other Americans the Kremlin accuses of unspecified crimes.

As American officials groped for information about the meeting, Moscow offered snippets of its version on Friday.

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Yet White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said Wednesday that that was "something that would go through the State Department". He did not spell out what they were.

USA intelligence agencies accuse Putin of directing interference to sway the election against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton toward Republican Trump.

Putin has denied any such meddling.

"I am in full support of the President", said Demetra DeMonte, a national committeewoman from IL, when asked about Trump's stance on Russian Federation.

Top U.S. intelligence officials have said Moscow is targeting congressional elections in November as well.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was questioned at a conference on Thursday about her views on while nationalist threats to the United States, particularly the Charlottesville, Virginia rally that occurred past year.

Also a target of the president's ire was Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who issued a rare statement rebutting the president's Monday comments.

The Secretary was also was clear, once pressed, that it was Russian Federation in particular involved in the hacking effort, not just foreign countries generally, as has been suggested by both the president himself and pro-Trump media this week.

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