Ex-head of CIA: Trump should disclose details of conversation with Putin

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USA director of intelligence Dan Coats said on Saturday he in no way meant to be disrespectful toward President Donald Trump with what he called his "awkward response" to news of a second planned Trump summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But public reaction nationally appears more muted than in Washington, where Trump faced withering bipartisan criticism for appearing to side with Putin over United States intelligence agencies at a Monday news conference held in Helsinki.

Rep. Chris Stewart has seen a slew of intelligence documents about Russia's attack on the 2016 presidential election, and he's convinced the country was trying to sway the US vote, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

A meeting of United States and Russian presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin took place in the Finnish capital Helsinki on July 16. Marco Rubio said Sunday that he supports President Donald Trump interacting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but said Trump should be aware of Putin's human rights record and zero-sum approach to the U.S. -Russia relationship. "There is simply no other way to explain why he would side with this Kremlin former KGB officer rather than his own intelligence agencies". And I think we're entitled to know.

Despite such publicly aired misgivings about Trump's dealings with Putin, Republicans largely continued to support, or at least condone, the president's insistence that the Mueller investigation is a "witch hunt".

The Post-ABC poll finds that 47 percent say that under Trump, America's leadership in the world has gotten weaker, versus 30 percent who say it has gotten stronger.

"The evidence is overwhelming, it can be proven beyond any evidentiary burden, that Russian Federation is not our friend and they tried to attack us in 2016", Gowdy told Fox News' Bret Baier. "What his motivations are, I think is a legitimate question, one that I trust that the Special Council is investigating", former USA national security advisor, Susan Rice, told ABC News in an interview. Will Hurd (R-Texas) wrote last week, who alleged Trump is being "manipulated" by his Russian counterpart. On both questions, those who say they "strongly disapprove" of Trump's performance outnumber those who say they "strongly approve" by better than 2 to 1.

Stewart's position contradicts that of US intelligence agencies that have concluded Russian Federation hacked the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and created fake social media accounts with the aim to boost Donald Trump and hurt Clinton.

"They did not spy on the campaign from anything and everything that I have seen", Rubio said. "The sentence should have been: I don't see any reason why I wouldn't - or why it wouldn't be Russian Federation". That is a highly unusual decision that has drawn broad expressions of concern, as did Trump's insistence on meeting alone with Putin in the first place, without the usual senior advisers and note-takers. This much is true: Donald Trump has made it plain often enough that he wishes to improve relations with Russian Federation and to disregard all of the many points of contention between the two countries, not limited to Russia's role in his being elected president. He said that because of Trump's lack of political background, there was at times a clash between Trump's approach to Putin and the more hardline approach other politicians might have delivered in his position.

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