Browder: Trump May Have Agreed To Help Russian Prosecutors Pursue Him

  • Browder: Trump May Have Agreed To Help Russian Prosecutors Pursue Him

Browder: Trump May Have Agreed To Help Russian Prosecutors Pursue Him

This week, Paul announced in an op-ed in Politico that he would soon be making a trip to Russian Federation to "discuss common ground with their leaders" - and would be consulting with the president before going.

And while Trump's tried-and-true base will stick by him, most voters won't easily forget watching the president get his hat handed to him by none other than Vladimir Putin, the former KGB agent and now head of the Evil Empire.

On Tuesday afternoon, amid a stream of criticism from lawmakers, Trump appeared to backtrack, saying that he supports America's intelligence agencies and believes their conclusions about Russian Federation, and that his statements in Helsinki had been misunderstood because he used a "double negative".

Asked if Putin was an adversary, he said: "Actually I called him a competitor and a good competitor he is and I think the word competitor is a compliment".

White House officials did not elaborate on how Mr Trump came to issue the clarification, but administration aides described being stunned by his initial remarks Monday. The president told reporters that he accepts the American intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the election. On the presidential campaign trail, both Paul and Trump advocated scaling back foreign aid, staying out of the war in Syria and engaging in direct diplomacy with Putin.

Democratic California Representative Jimmy Gomez charged: "To side with Putin over U.S. intelligence is disgusting; to fail to defend the United States is on the verge of treason". Every US intelligence agency has concluded that Russian Federation did.

"I will say this to the president, when Newt Gingrich, when General Jack Keane, when Matt Schlapp say, 'The president fell short and made our intelligence apparatus look bad, ' I think it's time to pay attention and it's easily correctable from the president's perspective", Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade said.

Yet, as cringeworthy as Trump's news conference was, unlike Obama, he didn't throw US allies under the bus to appease Putin or take any of the actions many feared - such as lifting sanctions or recognizing Putin's annexation of Crimea.

The mass desertion by some of the president's stalwart allies made his remaining defenders - Sean Hannity and a handful of right-wing media personalities - all the more conspicuous in the wake of Trump's Helsinki appearance by virtue of being virtually alone.

"My people came to me - [Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coats came to me and some others - they said they think it's Russian Federation". The Wisconsin Republican said "there is no question" Russian Federation interfered in the elections and said there is "no moral equivalence" between the two countries.

"It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected - immediately", he tweeted as Trump headed home.

Republican leaders, outraged by Mr Trump's comments in Helsinki, found out about his attempts to quell the outrage the same way everyone else did, as one aide put it, by watching and learning.

Donald Trump has backtracked on his claim that he "didn't see any reason" why Russian Federation would be involved in U.S. election meddling. "That will go to my son Barron, we have no question in fact, Melania, here you go", the president said, before bouncing the ball to his wife and US First Lady sat in the front row. "And we have a lot of power".