Ex-officials say Trump let Putin off easy

Ex-officials say Trump let Putin off easy

President Donald Trump "basically saying" he accepts Russian President Vladimir Putin at his word on election interference is "remarkable and remarkably bad", Rep. Adam Schiff said Monday.

"Look, I can't stand there and argue with him, I would rather have him get out of Syria", Trump said.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said world leaders know how to work Trump: flatter him with red carpets, honor guards and the "trappings" of pomp and circumstance.

"I don't spend a lot of time trying to evaluate and analyze why the president comes to the conclusions he comes to", Toomey said.

"As for whether I believe or not".

Trump, while speaking Sunday at a news conference in Hanoi, sought to clarify remarks he made a day earlier that suggested Russian President Vladimir Putin was being honest in his denials that Moscow engaged in election meddling.

Trump on Saturday reignited the controversy, when reporters asked if he discussed Russian interference with Putin while meeting at the Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam.

RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said the station would register, since otherwise its American director could be arrested and its accounts frozen.

Brennan said he considered Trump's attack on them as an attempt to undermine the credibility of that intelligence community report, which the former CIA director noted was written by intelligence and law enforcement officers, not himself, Clapper or Comey.

Mr Trump also reiterated his view that it's crucial for the U.S. to get along with Russian Federation, and seemed to suggest it was time to remove the sanctions Congress has slapped on Russian Federation in retaliation for its election meddling efforts.

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It was the first encounter of the two leaders since July and came during a low in US-Russia relations and at a time when Trump is haunted by an investigation into accusations that Putin influenced the election that brought him to the White House.

"He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election".

"I don't know why the ambiguity about this", Brennan said Sunday.

Speaking alongside Brennan, Clapper said: "The threat posed by Russian Federation, as John just said, is manifest and obvious".

Former CIA Director John Brennan and ex-National Intelligence Director James Clapper both said Trump was mishandling Moscow ties even as a special counsel investigates possible collusion between Trump's campaign team and Russian Federation.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election to help the Republican Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. "Putin is committed to undermining our system, our democracy and our whole process". A special counsel, Robert Mueller, is conducting a probe that has led to charges against Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates.

"I feel that having Russian Federation in a friendly posture, as opposed to always fighting with them, is an asset to the world and an asset to our country, not a liability", Trump added. He said it would benefit Washington to have good ties with Moscow so they could work together on issues including Syria's civil war, the conflict in Ukraine and the North Korean nuclear crisis.

"I think Mr. Putin is very clever in terms of playing to Mr. Trump's interest in being flattered", Brennan said.

"I'm a very good mediator and a very good arbitrator".

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