“The president has access to every bit of evidence”, Mr. Gowdy, South Republican, told Fox News Sunday.
“My people came to me – [U.S. Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coats came to me and some others – and they said they think it’s Russian Federation”.
The two leaders held a joint press conference later that day in which Trump appeared to accept what he called Putin’s “strong” and “powerful” denials of Russian government interference in the 2016 presidential election.
At one point, the rhetorical zigzags left one senator lamenting a “walk-back of the walk-back” that was, she said, “dizzying”.
Mr Coats’ appearance at the Aspen Institute had generated some frustration at the White House.
“If he had asked me how that ought to be conducted, I would have suggested a different way, but that’s not my role”, Coats said this week.
Trump stunned observers when, during a press conference after the Helsinki summit, he refused to denounce Putin, declined to hold Russian Federation accountable for its interference in the 2016 election, and suggested the Federal Bureau of Investigation was part of a conspiracy to underine his election victory.
Rubio, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that the administration and Congress now needs to focus on “deterring future attacks” by bad actors like Russian Federation.
“There are some tech experts in Silicon Valley whom I have met who say that maybe what they will do this time is really disrupt the actual election”, Clinton said onstage at OZY Fest. “I don’t like all of this work that we’re putting into the economy and then I see rates going up”, said the president in an interview to CNBC. I have campaigned and won as a member of the party, and I have served more than one Republican president.
McKeon also said the “usual practice” after a meeting like Helsinki is for the NSC and the State Department to brief lawmakers as well as foreign allies in the aftermath. “The rhetoric can undermine policy and influence policy, but I don’t think we’ve reached that point here with this”.
Arizona committeeman Bruce Ash echoed Trump’s efforts to play down Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, suggesting that America hasn’t always behaved properly, either.
Cecilia Vega, the ABC News reporter who asked the question, said on Twitter that she believes the president heard her clearly and that Trump was looking directly at her when he spoke.
However, nearly as many – 35 percent – say Trump handled Putin “about right”, while another 15 percent say he did not go far enough to support Putin. She added: “I think in the totality, the president, in terms of his policy, has been incredibly hard on Russian Federation”. Those without college degrees are almost three times as likely to say they have no opinion of Trump’s performance.