Tillerson says US expected Putin's denial — The Latest

Tillerson says US expected Putin's denial — The Latest”

Asked why, if everyone knows Russia interfered in the US election, Trump hasn't said so in such an unequivocal way publicly, Haley reiterated that Trump's meeting was confrontational.

It almost isn't that important whether Trump literally told Putin, "Hey, no worries, I believe you".

Our president, as you know, has ever-changing personas, ranging from statesmanlike Reader-of-Speeches to Nearly Unhinged Trump, a version frequently seen on Twitter. And Diplomacy Don, who seemed to fall head over heels for Putin.

"President Putin and I have been discussing various things and I think it's going very well". What do you think he was referring to? A late night pajama party?

The idea of a cyber-security relationship with Russia had been criticized by several prominent Republicans. "How do we move forward from here?"

The two presidents agreed to a prearranged limited Syrian truce. Tillerson has been working on the details for weeks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. But which Trump do you think brought the subject up? They are actually correct about that, it's just that the plan was Putin's and not Trump's.

Not only was it disturbing that the U.S. commander-in-chief posted something so aggressive and then retweet it from the official POTUS account, it was also alarming how with one single tweet he endorsed violence against journalists. GAM sits there nodding a lot, leading the other side to think he's in agreement when in fact he's just wondering what he's going to have for dinner.

While saying sanctions were not discussed at the meeting with Putin, Trump indicated that Moscow could not expect any relief "until the Ukrainian & Syrian problems are solved".

Trump opened the meeting by raising the issue of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; whether this was a fuzzy pro-forma statement or a real protest isn't clear.

Previously, Europe had gotten a look at another variation of our president. Trump may claim a "win", but the greater beneficiary is probably Putin, who seized this opportunity to "come in from the cold" after the sanctions and diplomatic isolation that followed Russia's 2014 invasion of Crimea. If so, it's time to have a very serious talk with Eric.

For Trump, the meeting marked the fulfillment of a controversial promise he made early in the 2016 campaign to seek an improvement in relations with Moscow. Later in the day, Trump took part in a very, very short news conference during which he bragged that Polish-Americans "came out in droves".

"What he did was bring up right away the election meddling, and he did that for a reason", Haley said.

By Trumpian standards, this barely even counted as boasting.

The cyber amendment is one of hundreds being filed this to the House's National Defense Authorization Act, a "must-pass" defense policy bill that's been signed into law for 55 straight years.

Maybe on future foreign trips they could arrange for him to be introduced as "the president of the United States who won the election and got better ratings than Arnold Schwarzenegger on 'The Apprentice.' " That would at least get it over with at the beginning.

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