Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Expert analysis of the Trump-Putin meeting

Expert analysis of the Trump-Putin meeting

"For the last ten years, I've been trying to avoid getting killed by Putin's regime", said Browder, who has been called "Putin's nemesis" for successfully pushing for so-called Magnitsky laws in a number of Western countries that authorize sanctions against human rights abusers in Russian Federation and other countries.

He also said he accepts the conclusion by USA intelligence officials that Moscow interfered in the election, which saw Trump defeat Democrat rival Hillary Clinton.

That last sentence was what he corrected Tuesday. Then he added, "It could be other people also". His summit with Putin was a moment that called for presidential strength.

"You were very strong at the end of that press conference", Hannity told Trump, as he conducted the first interview following the afternoon press conference.

It wasn't just what Trump said in Helsinki, it was how he acted - like a supplicant to Putin - and that's the most troubling part.

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'There's no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime, ' Rosenstein said in announcing the charges at a press conference in Washington.

Mr Trump said: "I realise there's a need for some clarification", adding that what he meant "should have been obvious - I thought it would be obvious but would like to clarify in case it wasn't".

"For the president of the U.S. to side with President Putin against American law enforcement, American defence officials, and American intelligence agencies is thoughtless, dangerous, and weak", Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer said. It was a position he wisely retracted on Tuesday, declaring what he should have said standing next to Putin: "I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place".

Trump was widely criticized for comments he made after the sit-down Monday with Putin in Helsinki, Finland.

Several senators from both parties backed tougher sanctions on Russian Federation, but it was unclear if Republican congressional leaders would support such a move or what new sanctions might be crafted.

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Flake said Tuesday the President threw "basically the whole country under the bus" with his comments and called it disgraceful and "shameful".

Rick Wilson, a conservative who has always been critical of Mr Trump, says elected party members are horrified by his latest controversy.

"I take him at his word if he says he misspoke, absolutely", he said.

But he says President Trump should not have confronted Putin on election interference, and the president also denied it entirely.

Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian and professor at Rice University, compared Trump to "a bull carrying his own china shop around with him". A senior administration official said the president was far more impacted by external critics, including those on Fox, than by any of his advisers, who were roundly disappointed by his performance.

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