Trump & Putin Helsinki Summit with Russian Expert William Taubman | Connecting Point

President Donald Trump is defending the summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and attacking the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller

House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) on Sunday called on top intelligence officers to step down if President Donald Trump refuses to accept their assessment that the Russian government is interfering in US elections.

Trump was widely criticized for his rhetoric and demeanor in Helsinki after he appeared to side with Putin over the United States intelligence community on the subject of Russian election interference.

"I and the entire intel [ligence] community are committed to providing the best possible intelligence to inform and support President Trump's ongoing efforts to prevent Russian meddling in our upcoming elections, to build strong relationships internationally in order to maintain peace, denuclearize risky regimes and protect our nation and our allies", Mr Coats added in his statement. Russian Federation expert and Pulitzer Prize winning author William Taubman joined Carrie Saldo for a break down the Helsinki summit.

"I gave up NOTHING, we merely talked about future benefits for both countries", Trump wrote on Twitter.

She goes on to call out Trump's "sycophantic relationship" with Putin, though she doesn't find it surprising considering his previous statements about the dictator, but more she is shocked by how long he was in possession of the truth about Putin and Russia's role in the USA elections' meddling and his disregarding that information.

'Also, we got along very well, which is a good thing, except for the Corrupt Media!' the president added.

Trump and Putin met behind closed doors for more than two hours with only their translators in the room with them.

In the press conference and interviews afterwards, Trump did not offer any specific details on any agreements he might have made with Putin, drawing scorn from Democrats, who sought to interview his interpreter.

Still, Barletta avoided criticizing Trump or, for that matter, Putin, the man who Trump is inviting to the White House this fall.

In a series of tweets Thursday morning, Trump argued his summit with Putin "was a great success".

Instead, he said he meant to say he did not see a reason why Russian Federation "wouldn't" interfere in American elections. A slightly larger 56 percent disapprove of Trump expressing doubts about USA intelligence agencies' conclusion that Russian Federation tried to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

But Gowdy said his issues with Trump's performance went beyond that one line.

"I agree with John Brennan, who said that it was nothing short of treasonous", Mr. Hoyer said.

According to NBC, a plurality (46 percent) of Americans thought special counsel Robert Mueller should continue his investigation.

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