Trump rejects Putin's proposal to let Russian Federation interrogate U.S. citizens

Trump rejects Putin's proposal to let Russian Federation interrogate U.S. citizens

Coats said he would have advised against Trump and Putin's private meeting in Helsinki, which anxious USA security officials because no notes were taken and only two interpreters were present, but that he had not been consulted.

Then on Wednesday he said "no" when asked if Russian Federation was still targeting the US -a statement directly contradicting Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump gestures during a joint news conference with Russia's President Vladimir Putin after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.

"The Summit with Russian Federation was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media", he tweeted.

Terrorism, Israel, nuclear proliferation, cyber attacks, trade, Ukraine, the Middle East and North Korea were among the issues they talked about, Trump said in a tweet on Thursday. "Look at all of the things that I've done". "I was just doing my job", he said.

"Hopefully, President Putin will have the 12 identified Russians come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt".

In Moscow, Antonov said it was important to "deal with the results" of their first summit before jumping too fast into a new one.

Five days after the two-hour Helsinki meeting, attended only by the two leaders and their interpreters, some USA officials remained in the dark about what was discussed. Will Hurd, a Texas Republican who's a former CIA officer and sits on the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN's Jake Tapper, "I've seen Russian intelligence manipulate many people in my career, and I never thought the US President would be one of them".


US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called for Mr Trump to reveal what he discussed with Mr Putin.

Trump initially had described the idea as an "incredible offer".

Earlier on Monday, Trump had endorsed Putin's stance on Russia's non-involvement in the 2016 United States presidential election, insisting that he ran a clean campaign.

"It has been an bad week" for the United States, tweeted Richard Haass, president of Council on Foreign Relations, and Trump has done "real damage to foreign relationships" with long-time allies.

Trump stunned observers when, during a press conference after the Helsinki summit, he refused to denounce Putin, declined to hold Russian Federation accountable for its interference in the 2016 election, and suggested the Federal Bureau of Investigation was part of a conspiracy to underine his election victory. Also taking their seats are from left, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, White House deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

But, he added, "Russia was always open to such proposals".

The Kremlin has the final say, but hasn't responded yet to the proposal Mr. Trump made Thursday.

Konstantin Kosachev, head of the upper house of parliament's foreign affairs committee, said the idea sets a unsafe precedent that threats the "the whole idea of diplomacy", according to Russian news agencies.

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