Melania Trump Actually Looked Terrified Following Her Handshake With Putin

Melania Trump Actually Looked Terrified Following Her Handshake With Putin

Kerry Wise
July 21, 2018

As it is customary for presidents and first ladies to shake hands and then pose for a picture, the Trumps shook hands with Putin before the summit started. "So certainly as the leader of a country you would have to hold him responsible", he said while replying to a question.

"The president is going to meet with his team and we'll let you know when we have an announcement on that", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a news briefing.

Trump on Tuesday claimed he had misspoken and attempted to clarify that he meant to say there was no reason why it "wouldn't" be Russian Federation who interfered in 2016.

Despite the apparent disagreement between USA intelligence assessments and Putin's denials that Russian Federation had interfered with the 2016 election, Trump stopped short of alleging Putin was lying. "I can only say that I do have confidence in our intel agencies as now constituted".

Trump, facing a political uproar over his failure to confront Putin during their Helsinki summit on Monday over Russia's 2016 US election meddling, adopted his usual defiant posture, calling his critics deranged.

At a news conference with Vladimir Putin, Mr Trump said he "didn't see any reason why it would be" Russian Federation that interfered in United States elections.

Putin outlined his proposal at a news conference following the summit, and said that his government would like to question Hermitage Capital chief executiveWilliam Browder, a longtime Kremlin antagonist who lobbied the USA government to adopt a law authorizing sanctions against Russian officials accused of human rights abuses.

us intelligence officials have said Russia's efforts to undermine elections are continuing and now target the November 6 congressional elections.

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Another Republican senator - John Thune of South Dakota - said having the translator give testimony was "highly unlikely".

"While the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels was an acknowledged triumph, with billions of dollars more being put up by member countries at a faster pace, the meeting with Russian Federation may prove to be, in the long run, an even greater success", Trump tweeted. "When they tell me something, it means a lot".

Just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in the United States, he said.

Trump also noted that he was "very strong" on Putin during a private meeting at the summit and suggested that his stance was firmer than his predecessor's.

The president now says he accepts that meddling did happen, but insists it did not intefere with the result of the election which saw him become president. "You should have walked up and started screaming in his face.' We're living in the real world. OK?"

Bannon, a former Goldman Sachs banker, told the business-minded crowd that "free trade is a radical idea", and that tariffs are good for the economy.

According to a transcript posted by the White House, he said: "My people came to me. they said they think it's Russian Federation".