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The ‘Special Report’ All-Stars to the aftermath of the Helsinki summit.
President, Trump claimed in a new interview, he was “far harder” to Russia than his predecessor, and went so far as to call Barack Obama a “total patsy” for Moscow to push its government’s past this week trying to cross-party criticism of the summit with Vladimir Putin.
While Trump and his aides have certain statements went back from their controversial joint press conference on Monday, the President has doubled down on his Russia relations, the extension of an invitation for the Russian President to visit Washington this fall
But trump, in an interview with CNBC, well-groomed, he was “far harder on Russia than any President in many, many years.” In Trump’s trademark-style, the Superlative, he added, “Maybe never.”
The President sought to contrast his record with that of its predecessor, in view of Russia imposed sanctions on his watch, as well as the expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats at the beginning of this year.
“Obama was a scapegoat for Russia. He was a total patsy” Trump said in the interview that aired in full Friday.
Obama has pursued sanctions against Russia and retaliation measures against Moscow at the end of his government for the 2016 election-meddling, close to Russian diplomatic relations and the expulsion of diplomats.
He has, however, also criticism, especially from Trump and his allies – to counter not do Moscow’s interference in the American presidential election at the time. Trump referred specifically to the “stupid statement” hot mic – a reference to Obama’s infamous comment to President Dmitry Medvedev that he would have more flexibility on missile defense after the 2012 election
Trump also told CNBC that if the range on Putin does not bear fruit, “I’m going to the worst enemy he ever had.”
Trump’s Obama criticism and a warning to Moscow to strengthen mark his last effort, his public stance against Russia at a joint press conference, where he appeared, and all not accept Putin’s claim that Russia is meddling in the 2016 presidential elections. Trump later said that he misspoke.
Further, according to the Trump initially the investigators described as “incredible,” a Putin offer, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the question of what the Russians in exchange for Russian access to current and former American officials as well as Kremlin critic Bill Browder (an American-born British citizen), the White house said on Thursday trump “does not agree” with the offer. This came as the Senate unanimously approved a non-binding resolution supports effectively precludes such an arrangement.
But the President and his allies point to Trump the actions against Russia, while they result argue that current discussions of the advantages could be due to a number of issues, from Syria’s nuclear weapons on North Korea.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced on Thursday a new meeting is planned.
“In Helsinki, @POTUS agreed to work through the current level, the dialogue between the two security council staff. President Trump asked @Ambjohnbolton President Putin to Washington in the autumn of inviting, and these discussions have already tweeted in progress,” Sanders.
In Helsinki, @POTUS agreed to work through the current level, the dialogue between the two security council staff. President Trump asked @Ambjohnbolton President Putin to Washington in the autumn of inviting, and these discussions are already in progress.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) 19. July 2018
This prompted a new rebuke from Democrats.
“Until we know what happened to that two-hour meeting in Helsinki, the President should not be more one-on-one interactions with Putin. In the United States, in Russia, or anywhere else,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said in a statement.
Obama administration officials have also Trump blasted the whole week. The former top adviser David Axelrod tweeted earlier this week that Trump was “profoundly submissive” and “alarmingly weak” in his dealings with Putin.