Trump Is 'Concerned' Russia Wants To Elect Democrats

The Capitol dome is seen amongst blooming flowers in Washington U.S
The Capitol dome is seen amongst blooming flowers in Washington U.S
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27 July, 2018

This, from a Congress which on a rare good day this year enjoys a 19% approval rating, because the only bipartisan action it appears capable of undertaking is against President Trump's moves to crush the geopolitical order which has driven the US into endless wars.

India's government declined immediate comment, and a defence official said the U.S. Congress had still to vote on the modifications to the legislation which would then be signed by Trump into law. Russian President Vladimir Putin said in Helsinki last week that he supported Trump in 2016 because of Trump's conciliatory outlook toward Russia.

"The speaker and I have made it clear that Putin will not be welcome up here at the Capitol", McConnell told reporters Tuesday.

McConnell declined to back up a tweet Trump sent Tuesday suggesting any potential Russian interference in the fall midterm elections would be created to favour Democrats.

"Just as Vladimir Putin has made clear his intention to challenge American power, influence, and security interests at home and overseas, the United States must make it abundantly clear that we will defend our nation and not waver in our rejection of his effort to erode western democracy as a strategic imperative for Russia's future", they added, referring to the Russian president.

The White House last week said Trump had invited Putin to Washington for a meeting in the fall, a move that was criticized by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress.

It also wasn't clear upon what basis Bolton believes that Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation Trump calls the "witch hunt" to which Bolton alluded, might be finished by December 31.

American politicians and most of the world media called the results of the negotiations failed to trump U.S. President accused of weakness and betrayal of the interests of the country.

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Many Republicans joined Democrats in criticising Trump's summit performance.

The Foreign Relations Committee is planning additional hearings on the value of the NATO security alliance; the broad challenges facing U.S. -Russia policy; Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad; as well as arms control issues, including allegations that Russian Federation violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

"We need a vigorous response" that can be put in place quickly, Collins said.

Pushing the meeting until next year would help avoid an uproar that could damage Republican candidates in the November elections.

He also cautions against Putin's ulterior motives in maintaining a relationship with the U.S. He believes that Russian intelligence has learned from the DNC hacks and may interfere with U.S. elections in the coming years.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham wrote on Twitter that Trump's warning underscores how much Republicans and Democrats need to work together to fight foreign interference, since the tables can turn against either side. A committee of the US Congress last night (early this morning in India) okayed a country-specific waiver for India to escape punitive sanctions over its military deals with Russian Federation.

Mr Trump has repeatedly spoken of the Russian president in glowing terms, congratulating him for his election victory against the advice of senior White House officials. On Tuesday, Putin's foreign affairs adviser Yuri Ushakov threw cold water on the prospect of Putin accepting Trump's invitation to visit the White House.


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