Russian President Vladimir Putin accused "powerful" forces within the United States of trying to sabotage ties between Moscow and Washington in the wake of a controversial summit with USA counterpart Donald Trump.
Trump has faced bipartisan outrage since his joint news conference with Putin in Helsinki on Monday, in which he challenged the US intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
On Thursday, NBC News also reported that former director of USA national intelligence, James Clapper, who was reportedly in the briefing, confirmed that evidence of Putin's involvement of the election was shown to Trump.
"Okay?!" Coats gasp/laughed, hearing this for the first time, adding, "That's going to be "special".
Despite shaping, and adhering to, the president's national security platform, the center's founder warned "Putin's assertion that Trump had agreed, at least in principle, to a whole litany of agenda items" was the real danger of Monday's summit, especially regarding "prospective arms control, limitations on missile defenses, [and] constraints on weapons in space". "Trump is bruised by the idea that Russian election meddling taints his victory, those close to him say, and can't concede the fact that Russia did try to interfere in the election, regardless of whether it impacted the outcome".
Coats said that since the president has come out and endorsed the USA assessment, and he now thinks it's time to move on.
Putin, speaking to Russian diplomats from around the world assembled in Moscow, said on Thursday the Helsinki summit had been successful.
He also restated the US intelligence assessment about Russian meddling and Moscow's "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".
Trump briefed on Putin's role in Russian interference 2 weeks before taking office.
Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., to slap new sanctions on Russian Federation or any other country caught posting ads, running fake news or otherwise interfering with election infrastructure.
Speaking on CNN, Hirono described Trump's assertion that the so-called "Fake News Media" is the "real enemy of the people" - not Russian Federation - as unsettling, and said that the president appeared too willing to embrace Moscow. The White House said on Wednesday that Trump was considering the proposal, drawing a barrage of criticism from his fellow Republicans as well as Democrats.
On Wednesday, the Russian Prosecutor General's office listed Americans it wanted to question for "illegal activities", including Michael McFaul, who was USA ambassador to Russia during the Obama administration. "I was just saying to myself the other day, you know, Russian Federation really helped us".
On Wednesday, the Russian Prosecutor General's office listed Americans it wanted to question for "illegal activities", including Michael McFaul, who was USA ambassador to Russia under Democratic former President Barack Obama. She said the USA hopes Putin will have the indicted Russians "come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt".