WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump stood in Helsinki on Monday beside his patron, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and refused to confront him on Moscow's systematic interference in the 2016 United States presidential election on his behalf, its military intervention into a sovereign neighbor or on its continued effort to undermine democratic systems worldwide through propaganda and cyberwarfare.
Trump called Putin "extremely strong and powerful" in his denial of Russian interference, and said he doesn't "see any reason why" Russian hackers would have gotten involved with a us election - despite the recent indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for that exact crime.
When asked point blank by a reporter who Trump trusts, his own intelligence or Putin, Trump said, "My people came to me, [Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coates came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russian Federation".
Mr Trump told reporters at the White House that he had full faith and support for United States intelligence agencies and accepted their conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the election. A lot of people out there.
President Donald Trump's attempt on Tuesday to backpedal on his disastrous remarks siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which the stone-faced president read from a monotone prepared statement but deviated several times from it, was eerily reminiscent of the way he handled his infamous false equivalence in response to the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last summer.
Twenty-four hours after saying he did not have faith in his USA intel agencies and instead believed the "very strong and powerful" words of the strongman standing next to him in Helsinki who orchestrated Russian interference in the 2016 election, Trump announced today is Opposite Day.
All four members of Maine's congressional delegation are criticizing President Donald Trump for downplaying Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
That US investigation, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, unveiled an indictment Friday against 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking Democratic emails during the 2016 campaign.
In a hastily called White House gathering of reporters, Trump said he has full faith in the US intelligence agencies and their assertion that Russian Federation tampered with the 2016 election.
"Interference with the domestic affairs of the United States - do you really believe that someone acting from the Russian territory could have influenced the United States and influenced the choice of millions of Americans?"
For more than 15 months, Donald Trump and his administration have refused to publicly condemn the systematic torture, abuse, and murder of LGBTQ people occurring in Chechnya as Vladimir Putin has licensed the violence to continue.
Coats is Trump's most senior Cabinet-level intelligence authority and oversees US intelligence operations.
Observers across the board acknowledged that Trump's performance was a stunning display of supplication to the authoritarian leader.
Trump's self-defense, however, was unlikely to quell the uproar caused by Monday's news conference. The Russian president disagreed with Trump on the issue and concluded that "the Crimea question is closed for Russia". "There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals", said Ryan in a statement. "However low your expectations were, Trump managed to go much lower", he said.
Why did Trump take Putin's side?All right? I was informed by our security people in no uncertain terms that my phone was bugged and my room had cameras in it.
Trump added that he has "full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies".