Donald Trump on Putin: We get along very, very well

14 Juillet, 2017, 09:12 | Auteur: Timothe Dupuy
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US President Donald Trump, who is fighting off allegations of ties between his election campaign and Moscow, said he would invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House but that now was not the right time for that. According to the report, the Russian whispers have been in possession of investigators for a long time but drew renewed attention after revelations earlier this week that Donald Trump Jr. His interview's enduring value may be in putting Trump on the record in saying the meeting offered little of value, that there were no follow-up emails or meetings, he didn't fill in his father about it, that he felt it didn't represent collusion and that he'd co-operate fully with a special prosecutor looking into the Trump team's dealings with Russia.

The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to ask Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, to testify about about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting a Russian attorney that was arranged last June on the pretext of exposing damaging information about Hillary Clinton. "As an example, if Hillary had won, our military would be decimated", Trump said.

"When I want tremendous energy, we're opening up coal, we're opening up natural gas, we're opening up fracking, all the things that he would hate, but nobody ever mentions that", he added.

"Donald Trump Jr. went to his meeting with the understanding that he was going to meet a Russian government lawyer with information designed to help his father", said Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University.

US intelligence agencies have previously said that they believe the top levels of Russia's government ordered attempts to influence the US election in Trump's favour.

CNN's Jake Tapper noted that his network sought an interview with the presidential son on the story, but that "he's only willing to talk on his father's favourite channel". Please forget who I am. The meeting, he concluded, was a "waste".

In Poland, Trump argued alternately that it could have been Russia, probably was Russia and indeed was Russia, while insisting it could have been other countries, too, and adding, "I won't be specific". "It's called opposition research, or even research into your opponent", Trump said.

David French at the National Review Online prefers a historical argument: that the Russians never really went away from the US political scene, and should be seen as continued dangers. His comment was a reference to White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus' dismissal of the story on a Sunday television appearance. He said the president had not been aware of Trump Jr.'s June 2016 meeting and didn't find out about his son's email exchange until "very recently". The White House says the president is opposed to ceding executive authority over foreign policy to Congress. The measure is under consideration in the House. Defending his son's conduct, Trump again dismissed the ongoing Russia investigation as the "greatest Witch Hunt in political history".

It was at that meeting where Trump had disclosed "highly classified information" to Russian officials, according to multiple reports. On September 14, 2000, Downey received an anonymous package with over 120 pages of planned debate strategies (Bush was, after all, such a debater) along with George W. Bush's efforts at practising. The younger Trump replied, "I love it".

What has frustrated Kasowitz and the team, people familiar with the matter say, is Trump's family always being there and giving their own advice.

But Russia's interest in Trump and his campaign clearly fascinated the 45 president. The Times investigation was corroborated by screenshots of the emails voluntarily published by Trump Jr. on his Twitter account Thursday. "He said absolutely not", the US President said.

Timothy L. O'Brien is the executive editor of Bloomberg Gadfly and Bloomberg View.

"There was zero coordination".

Ryan said it is "absolutely unacceptable" that Russia meddled in the presidential election.

Veselnitskaya is best known as a tireless crusader for repeal of the Magnitsky Act, a 2012 law blacklisting Russian officials believed responsible for the death of a well-known human rights activist.

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