'Batshit crazy': Trump discussed allowing Putin to interrogate U.S. ambassador

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"Earlier, he tweeted that "so many people at the higher ends of intelligence" loved his press conference in Helsinki" and that he got along well with Putin, "which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match".

"The president is going to meet with his team and we'll let you know when we have an announcement on that", Sanders said.

"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation - sort of a double-negative, '" Trump said.

Democrats say the woman who translated for President Trump - and the notes she took during the meeting - could provide critical information about what transpired.

Since the election, there has been great suspicion over the relationship between Trump and President Putin.

The latest reversal came on Wednesday during a Cabinet meeting, when reporters and photographers jostled on the other side of a long table from Trump.

But White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said hours later that she had talked with the president and he had instead been saying "no" to taking further questions from reporters.

The president told a television interview that he has "tremendous faith" in Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, and that he would "accept" his conclusions on Russian involvement.

As for Trump's "no" to question about Russian interference, the White House said he was refusing to take reporters' questions - not denying Russian meddling. Konstantin Kosachev, head of the upper house of parliament's foreign affairs committee, said Thursday the idea sets a unsafe precedent that threats the "the whole idea of diplomacy", according to Russian news agencies.

"So certainly as the leader of a country you would have to hold him responsible, yes". "Very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling, we can't have any of that", Trump said.

"The president also sees this as an opportunity, as he said many times, to be able to work with Russian Federation".

"Well, I would [consider him personally responsible], because he's in charge of the country", Trump told Glor. Browder has said he helped expose corruption in Russian Federation.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll this week found that despite a firestorm of media criticism, Mr Trump's Finland summit had no real impact on his overall approval ratings.

Mr Trump said that the interference had had no impact on the election, in which he defeated Hillary Clinton.

Browder pointed out that Trump's dialogue with Putin over the "Magnitsky Act" was the same idea discussed by a Russian lawyer in the dubious 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr.

During the Cabinet meeting, Mr. Trump otherwise talked more broadly about his Europe trip, mentioning the summit with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders in Brussels, his visit to the United Kingdom and meeting with Putin, saying "incredible progress" had been made. In it, he declared that he really, truly did trust his own intelligence agencies and their lapidary verdict that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election. "The prosecutor general in Russia is well aware that the United States has rejected Russian allegations in this regard".

His comments came the same day that the Justice Department unveiled an indictment against 12 Russian military intelligence officers for their role in hacking Democratic groups during the 2016 campaign.

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