Nearly half of surveyed Russians say the recent U.S-Russia summit in Helsinki will do little to help the strained relationship between the two countries, according to a state-run poll released Monday.
And if Helsinki was fresh kindling for a raging fire, Trump poured even more fuel on it Sunday night.
And in his responses to questions, he offered a quid pro quo between USA investigators gaining access to Russian military intelligence officers indicted for interference in the 2016 U.S. election and Russia gaining access to businessman and anti-corruption campaigner Bill Browder.
He seemed to be contradicting his own claims that he believes U.S. intelligence.
While Trump's ultra-sensitivity about Mueller looks suspicious, it could also be born out of an explosive reaction every time there is any question about the legitimacy of his election victory and his trademark insistence on hitting back harder anytime he feels he is unfairly attacked. There have only been two on-camera briefings so far this month. A clearly surprised Coats, who had not been told of the invitation, laughed and said, "That's going to be special".
On any level it is astonishing to see a sitting president contradict his own administration this way. There, Trump said Putin had strongly denied Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
Now with Pompeo heading the State Department, Coats has been thrust into the limelight as the voice of the intelligence community.
The repeated walk-backs have sowed confusion and left the press corps scrambling to keep up. So he's done most of his talking in tweet form. The New York Times later reported, and the former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed to CNN, that Trump was briefed on specific USA intelligence indicating that Putin personally ordered the 2016 Russian influence campaign. He also reportedly said he relished his interactions with the Russian leader.
Trump's ratings for handling the summit represent a weakened moment for him, but they are not markedly worse than ratings of his presidency overall in other recent polls.
"And the fact that Dan Coats doesn't [know] is no failing on Dan Coats" part", the congressman said, referring to Trump's director of national intelligence, who said Thursday he didn't "know what happened" in the one-on-one meeting between Trump and Putin.
Mr Coats' appearance at the Aspen Institute had generated some frustration at the White House.
Meanwhile, the pollster's year-on-year assessment showed a 28-point slide in how its respondents perceived the state of Russia-U.S. relations.
Vega was one member of a small press pool that was allowed inside the beginning of a Cabinet meeting. But President Putin's comments made it clear not only that Russian Federation had a specific agenda, but that he considered certain points on it to have been agreed with Trump.
Trump was again heard saying "no".
Despite bipartisan criticism, Mr Trump pointed blame at the media, tweeting: "The Fake News Media wants so badly to see a major confrontation with Russian Federation, even a confrontation that could lead to war". "This country elected a president that was a former businessman, and, as a result, our economy is doing well, and we spend our time trying to have productive meetings with foreign leaders", Bossert continued.
The Congressman is not the first to voice concern about the POTUS and blackmail.
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