Trump Stuns Washington, Invites Russia's Vladimir Putin to White House

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Huckabee Sanders also announced that the White House would not proceed with a plan to extradite U.S. citizens to Russian Federation for questioning in exchange for Russian Federation allowing its intelligence officials to be questioned as part of the Mueller probe.

The week only worse for the president, his staff, and his party after that, though it's still not clear Trump understands why, just like it's not clear how he could have possibly expected to avoid such an inevitable line of questioning in Helsinki, something his beleaguered aides surely tried to prepare him for ahead of time.

Another reporter shouts a question, and Trump says "thank you very much everybody". "I was in the room as well and I didn't take it the way you did". Once a month I eat at the International House of Pancakes. "It wasn't always conciliatory in that meeting", he said, without elaborating. "The foreign policy experts may not like it".

Asked if he had thought about resigning, Coats said simply: "That's a place I don't really go to publicly". Trump referred to it Tuesday at the White House.

This move comes as President Donald Trump continues to face backlash over a recent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump later attempted to walk back the statement.

That didn't sit well with at least one prominent former RNC member.

Despite the pressure, Trump instead was full of effusive praise for the Russian president, the Washington Post reported.

Two letters got Donald Trump in trouble again later in the week.

"That's going to be special", he added, prompting laughter from the audience. The news seemed to surprise even Mr. Trump's own director of national intelligence.

"The president is doing wonderful things for the Republican National Committee", MacDonald said.

There are more details of the agreement I'm now able to report based on conversations with several government and diplomatic sources. He added that when he joined the administration, he met the president and told him that, as non-sycophants are wont to do, there would be times that he would bring news he didn't want to hear. "He actually takes advice from a lot of people". "I'll give that benefit of the doubt".

On Thursday, Trump said he was "not happy" that the Federal Reserve was raising interest rates, breaking with long-standing tradition at the White House of avoiding any influence on the United States central bank.

Coats said he wished Trump hadn't made the statement backing up the "powerful" denial by Vladimir Putin of election hacking.

Coats just dared to tell the truth about Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Obama didn't do it. Obama was a patsy for Russian Federation.

"Well I would, because he's in charge of the country. They're both immoral. They're both wrong", said MS national committeeman Henry Barbour.

"Nevertheless the transatlantic working relationship, also with the USA president, is central to us and I will continue to maintain it".

Asked about the president's performance in Helsinki, she said: "It's important not to cherry-pick one moment".

What else has happened since the Trump-Putin summit?

"When you actually look at the substance of what this administration has done, not the rhetoric but the substance, this administration has been much tougher on Russian Federation than any in the post-Cold War era", said Daniel Vajdich, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. "This is the job I signed up for ... obviously, I wished he made a different statement, which I think now, he has clarified".

The RNC didn't feel it necessary to adopt a formal resolution on Russian Federation, however.

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