Published: Fri, July 20, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump casts doubt on USA intelligence, calls Putin's meddling denial 'strong'

Trump casts doubt on USA intelligence, calls Putin's meddling denial 'strong'

"I think that getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing, but it's possible we won't", Trump said. The White House has struggled for months to dispel suggestions that Trump was unwilling to stand up to Russian Federation.

The motorcade waits for the arrival of U.S. President Donald Trump on the tarmac of the Helsinki International Airport in Vantaa, Finland, July 15, 2018.

"I really have no doubt about it, we're going to get it".

The meeting comes just days after a U.S. federal grand jury indicted 12 Russian intelligence operatives for allegedly hacking Democratic Party emails in order to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Option one, Weinberg wrote, is for Trump to tell Putin, "We meet at a serious time".

"We can say confidently that Putin's political risks are lower than those of President Trump", said Andrey Kortunov, head of RIAC, a Moscow think-tank close to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

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Mr Putin hopes the meeting, which comes hours after he presided over the World Cup final, will help him forge good personal ties with Mr Trump and focus on areas where Moscow and Washington may be able to find common ground, such as Syria.

"Everything that happens, all these investigations and so on - this is an internal affair of the United States", Peskov told the state-run broadcaster Russia Today.

'I think we will have an extraordinary relationship.

Undeterred, the American president was set to go face to face with Putin, the authoritarian leader for whom he has expressed admiration.

Meanwhile, the Finnish tabloid Iltalehti took the American first lady to task with a front-page photo tweaking her for an alleged "breach of etiquette" because she walked off of Air Force One in front of President Trump after they landed at the airport in Helsinki.

Asked if he believed US intelligence agencies, which concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election in an effort to help him defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump said he was not convinced it was Moscow.

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"I will say this", Trump said.

Trump's apparent disavowal of his own Federal Bureau of Investigation and intelligence agencies immediately provoked a firestorm back home, even in his own party.

Trump sparred with Stoltenberg at a breakfast on the first morning of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, railing against German investment in Russian oil and calling for an increase in defense spending by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members.

Mrs May's spokesman said that the United States president had already made clear, not least through his expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats, that he shares the PM's judgment that Moscow was responsible for the nerve agent attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal that last week claimed the life of Dawn Sturgess.

President Trump's effort to reset relations with Russian Federation backfired at home after he failed to side with the US intelligence community over Moscow's interference in the 2016 election.

Other congressional Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who until now had issued only muted criticism of Trump's attitude toward Russian Federation, were more critical on Monday.

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In the same interview, Trump admitted that Russian Federation remains a foe, but he put Moscow on a par with China and the European Union as economic and diplomatic rivals.

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