Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

McCain calls Trump-Putin summit 'tragic mistake'

McCain calls Trump-Putin summit 'tragic mistake'

Neither leader revealed what was discussed during their meeting, although Mr Trump listed a series of topics ahead of the talks that did not include Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

"I would guess he's having caviar right now", said Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I'm sure there's frustration, but I also think they're going to be where they were.

The man was sitting about 10 rows back on the USA side of the room among the press, in the second seat from the aisle.

Ultranationalist lawmaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky was among those brushing off the new indictments of Russians accused Friday of hacking the 2016 US presidential campaign, calling it implausible that a dozen Russians could have damaged the American electoral system.

Former Republican presidential nominee John McCain issued a blistering statement saying Trump had provided Putin with "an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world".

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., called it "bizarre" and "flat-out wrong" for Trump to suggest that both the USA and Russian Federation are to blame for the deteriorated state of the two countries' relationship. Rep. William Keating said it was impossible to distinguish Trump's words from Russian propaganda.

Observers have raised concerns about the fact that the leaders met alone during their first meeting, but for a pair of interpreters, meaning there will be no corroborating witnesses to accurately represent what was said during the conversation.

The Trump administration continued to ruffle feathers late into Wednesday.

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While Putin was handed an umbrella, Grabar-Kitarovic had to make do without, but she did not let the rain dampen her spirits. The emir says through a translator that the World Cup "will be a huge and great festival for all our country".

Putin said he agrees with Trump that the two countries's armies are working successfully in Syria.

Trump has been under bipartisan fire in Washington for failing to publicly confront Putin over the election interference at the press conference that followed their Helsinki talks.

Bolton's comments followed related reports from last week, namely an article published last Thursday in The New York Times asserting that Israel had "won an important commitment" from Putin that saw Russian Federation use its influence in Syria to move Iranian forces fighting alongside the Syrian Arab Army "tens of kilometers" away from the border of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. We need other individuals from his administration in the room, so we know that at least someone will press the Russians are making sure they don't interfere in future USA elections.

James Clapper, who was director of national intelligence under Obama between 2010 and 2017, described Trump remarks as "truly unbelievable".

HORSLEY: Well, so far, the president has spoken about his personal relationship with President Putin - strong emphasis on diplomacy and the ability to solve all the problems, he said, that face both the United States and Russian Federation.

In a series of tweets Monday, Trump complained about the FBI investigation and faulted President Barack Obama for not stopping Russian attempts to meddle in the vote. "What has Russian Federation done to advance the U.S.'s interest?" He dismissed the president's critics as those who hate the president. "It´s called Trump Derangement Syndrome!"

Another key Republican echoed the president's criticism of the special counsel probe. "I personally would neither rule in nor rule out the validity". I felt this was a message best delivered in person.

Undeterred, the American president was set to go face to face with Putin, the authoritarian leader for whom he has expressed admiration. "He believes in zero sum".

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