Trump and his foreign policy team aren't on the same page (again)

Other View: A needed meeting, but not an honor

12 Julio, 2017

Utah political leaders reacted strongly, and negatively, to President Donald Trump's self-reported details on discussions about a potential collaboration on cybersecurity efforts with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a sidebar conversation during the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Trump said the issue of sanctions was not discussed in his meeting Friday with Putin, apparently contradicting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was in attendance and later told reporters that Trump did discuss sanctions with Putin.

Trump and Putin met for more than 2 hours on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on Friday, where they agreed to establish a new ceasefire in southern Syria and to set up a joint cybersecurity unit. Trump didn't think it important enough to make it clear since his opinion in Warsaw was not to believe U.S. intelligence evidence.

"The point was made that this was an issue that really has the American people quite concerned and again it too stands as an obstacle to our ability to improve our relationship between the united states and Russia and it needs to be addressed in terms of how we assure the American people that interference in our elections will not occur by Russia or anyone else", said Tillerson.

Trump said he did not discuss sanctions with Putin.

The US's electoral history is far from scandal-free, the infamous "hanging chad" episode that blighted the 2000 contest between George Bush and Al Gore being one of the more memorable. "It seemed to me that he was satisfied with the answers", said Mr Putin.

Speaking briefly with reporters aboard Air Force One on Saturday evening, both Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster punted when given the chance to correct the record.

He says Putin "vehemently denied" the conclusions of American intelligence agencies.

And what would the White House think it can accomplish with the authority to loosen sanctions, anyway?

Mistura's remarks come at the start of five days of peace talks in Geneva.

"Vladimir Putin. got away with literally trying to change the outcome. of our election". "I think the bottom line is that the Democrats had a weak candidate, and President Trump had a stronger message, and they're constantly looking for ways to undermine the President and delegitimize his election victory".

The Senate has passed a bill slapping Russia with heavier sanctions for their alleged election meddling, but the bill has stalled in the House and is opposed by the White House. In a statement on Sunday, Mr. Trump acknowledged that he was interested in receiving damaging information about Mrs. Clinton, but gave no indication that he thought the lawyer might have been a Kremlin proxy.

By now, most US allies had expected to be settling into the Hillary Clinton era, forging progress based on a shared vision of western civilization, pursuing familiar multilateral approaches to saving the planet and to globalization. "One, he wanted him to basically look him in the eye, let him know that, yes, we know you meddled in our elections". Trump said of the pact.

Congressional committees and Special Counsel Robert Mueller are investigating whether Russia coordinated with Trump campaign associates to sway the presidential election.

"It's not the dumbest idea I've ever heard, but it's pretty close", Graham said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

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