White House reveals range of topics for Trump-Putin meeting

Michele Stevens
July 19, 2018

"We've committed to nothing".

In June, Trump became the first ever USA president to participate in a face-to-face meeting with a North Korean dictator when he met with Chairman Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Earlier in the administration, Coats' voice was drowned out by the more outspoken Mike Pompeo, who was Central Intelligence Agency director before Trump tapped him as secretary of state.

Pompeo has not yet informed Congress on the Trump-Kim summit and cancelled an initial plan to brief all USA senators a couple weeks ago.

Sanders listed Syrian humanitarian aid, Israeli security, North Korea, denuclearization, Ukraine and the occupation of Crimea, reducing Russian and U.S. nuclear arsenals, and "your favorite topic" - Russian interference in elections - during Wednesday's briefing for reporters.

"He said it was an interesting idea".

This time, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker of Tennessee has secured a public hearing with Pompeo to take place next Wednesday. "I consider them very successful and useful", he said.

On Wednesday, he was asked during a Cabinet meeting if Russian Federation was still targeting the US, and he answered "no" without elaborating. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be", he argued. "And it is now happening", said Corker. "But I let him know we can't have this, we're not going to have it, and that's the way it's going to be", Trump added. Even the State Department is like "nah".

Russian Federation did not meddle in the 2016 elections, Putin said, rejecting the verdict of United States intelligence chiefs that Moscow hacked the Democrats' emails and leaked them to help propel Trump to the White House.


The White House was once again sent into clean-up mode Wednesday when Trump said "no" when a reporter asked him if Russian Federation was still targeting the United States. The only American witness was the president's translator.

According to Russian investigators, Browder's business partners illegally amassed more than $1.5 bln in Russia, failing to pay taxes either in Russia or the United States.

Jackson noted on Twitter that saying no to questions is not how Trump says no to questions.

At the news conference with Putin, he was asked if he would denounce what happened in 2016 and warn Putin never to do it again, and he did not directly answer.

The American president claimed his Russian counterpart was "extremely strong and powerful in his denial" of any election meddling - even though Trump said he has "great confidence" in the US intelligence community. Later, he said Trump's conflicting statements about whether Russian Federation is seeking to meddle in USA elections are "baffling".

A number of senators are swiftly signing on to a bipartisan bill from Sens.

When asked today in a CBS News interview whether Trump agrees with Coats that the Russian threat is ongoing, the president said he did. In fact, it's unclear that any kind of framework at all was agreed to by the two leaders. He told the media that Russian Federation no longer poses a threat to the US.

"Is America any safer from the threat of North Korea?"

The summit was "only the beginning", the U.S. president said. We're also living in a grown-up world. In Aspen tomorrow, he's expected to outline the cyberthreats the USA faces from Russian Federation as well as other countries, such as China, North Korea and Iran.

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