Russian Federation ready to discuss Putin Washington visit: Ifax

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends her summer press conference in Berlin on Friday. — AFP
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends her summer press conference in Berlin on Friday. — AFP

22 July, 2018

"The proposals presented by Russian Federation are now being worked out by the U.S. side", the ministry said.

"Look, the fact is we got along well", Trump said in the interview, which was taped on Thursday.

What happened at that one-on-one meeting between Trump and Putin with only interpreters present was not known, even to top officials and U.S. lawmakers who said they had not been briefed.

Trump listed on Twitter the topics he and Putin talked about, but has not given details.

Pelosi labels Putin a tyrant and a thug and says Trump's "frightened fawning over Putin is an embarrassment and a grave threat to our democracy".

Konstantin Kosachev, head of the upper house of parliament's foreign affairs committee, said the idea sets a risky precedent that threats the "the whole idea of diplomacy", according to Russian news agencies. While he has walked back his comment at the Helsinki summit that Russian Federation likely didn't interfere with the 2016 election, on Tuesday he said others besides Russian Federation might have interfered, and on Wednesday that he didn't think Russian Federation was still trying to interfere with USA elections.

"I'm sure that the White House and (Trump's) advisers will make sure that America comes first", said Terry Lathan, chairwoman of the Alabama Republican Party.

The White House has faced an uproar over several issues from the summit, including Trump's failure to confront Putin over Russian meddling in the 2016 election and Putin's proposal that Russian authorities be allowed to question USA citizens.

In May, she said she was unaware of intelligence assessments concluding that the Kremlin was clearly playing favorites.

As Americans groped for information about the meeting, Moscow offered snippets of its version on Friday.

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Asked whether he would extradite 12 Russian intelligence agents indicted in the United States last week for hacking Democratic Party computers, he said he could meet the USA government "halfway".

The White House and the State Department did not respond to a request for comment on the Syria proposals. He did not spell out what they were. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later said Trump was saying "no" to taking more questions during the Cabinet meeting.

Nor were Republican Party officials who spoke with CNN bothered by the President publicly questioning the work of his own intelligence officials, who have concluded that Putin had directed Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 USA election and to boost Trump over Hillary Clinton.

Putin has denied any such meddling.

Coats said he was just doing his job when he quickly issued a statement Monday after the president appeared to give credence to Russia's denial of election interference.

At first, Nielsen distinguished between efforts targeted at election infrastructure in the US and other attempts to meddle.

The White House's announcement of an autumn visit came as a surprise to some, including Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

Nielsen discussed Trump's controversial comments that there were "fine people on both sides" of the white supremacist riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, last summer.

"The Fake News Media wants so badly to see a major confrontation with Russian Federation, even a confrontation that could lead to war", Trump tweeted. "What should we do?" When asked about the disparity, Nielsen said that the system remains broken, even if children are no longer separated - and that Congress still does need to act in order to address broader reform.

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