Published: Sun, July 22, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Bernie Sanders: Trump 'Really Sold the American People Out' in Helsinki Summit

Bernie Sanders: Trump 'Really Sold the American People Out' in Helsinki Summit

Mr Trump faced a backlash after contradicting his own intelligence chiefs at a joint post-summit news conference with Mr Putin by doubting Russian interference in the 2016 USA election.

Moscow signaled openness to another meeting between the two leaders, as Trump continued to face criticism over his first meeting with his Russian counterpart in Helsinki, where he seemed to accept Putin's denials of meddling in the 2016 election - despite findings by U.S. intelligence services.

During a post-summit news conference on Monday, the president seemed to favor Putin's denials over the US intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the election in order to benefit Trump.

"I find that meetings between the U.S. and Russian presidents must return to normality", she said.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Putin critic, tweeted after the exchange that he'd have the ball checked for listening devices and "never allow it in the White House".

Also a target of the president's ire was Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who issued a rare statement rebutting the president's Monday comments.

Putin and Trump have both publicly talked about the agreement since Helsinki, albeit indirectly.

A White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity did not specify if that included Russia's interference in United States elections.

Asked at the summit if he believed the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Moscow interfered with the vote, Trump said: "I don't see any reason why it would be [Russia]... but I have confidence in both parties". Trump said the first summit was "only the beginning" of longer negotiations on numerous contentious issues between the two countries, including arms control, Syria and Ukraine.

CHANG: But you think that Coats can remain effective in this position even if the president chooses not to tell him some important pieces of information once in a while and even if the public perceives that, that Coats is sometimes left out of the loop by the White House.

In response to Trump's tweet, Clinton posted a more recent video, sharing her remarks from a 2016 campaign rally. Other aides said they anxious the president would take what he said as a "personal betrayal". He was surprised. "That's going to be special", he said, after pausing to absorb the news.

'Okay, ' Coats said with emphasis.

According to a Foreign Ministry statement, Lavrov spoke to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over the phone.

Trump again criticized previous presidents for their handling of Putin's government, describing predecessor Barack Obama as a "patsy" for the Russians. And he seethed at the lack of support he believed he received from congressional Republicans.

HORSLEY: And whatever tough policies the White House may have adopted towards Moscow have to be weighed against Trump's rhetoric, which is consistently friendly to Putin.

No Russian leader has visited the White House in almost a decade and it would be a diplomatic coup for Mr Putin, who has been isolated by the West for activities in Ukraine, Syria and the nerve agent attack in Salisbury.

"Nevertheless the transatlantic working relationship, also with the United States president, is central to us and I will continue to maintain it".

Just last week, Trump told reporters in the U.K., "If we could develop a relationship which is good for Russian Federation, good for us, good for everybody, that would be great".

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