Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump says the Russians 'definitely don't want' his reelection

Trump says the Russians 'definitely don't want' his reelection

Trump has said there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.

Senators have made clear they want details of what, if anything, Trump and Putin agreed to during that meeting, as well as any commitments made by the two sides in the subsequent meeting between the leaders and their top aides.

American senator Lindsey Graham from the Republican Party claimed that the United States should prepare new sanctions for the Russian interference into the upcoming election to the U.S. Congress in 2018 as Voice of America reported.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Trump's warning reflected an intelligence briefing he has received about actual Russian activity or whether he was simply "trolling people", as House Speaker Paul Ryan put it on Tuesday.

In a Tuesday morning tweet, President Trump claimed he was "concerned" that Russian Federation is "fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election".

In addition to helping state election officials obtain security clearances so they can be briefed on the latest threats to elections, Homeland Security officials also offer remote scanning of their networks to identify any vulnerabilities as well as intensive cybersecurity reviews that involve onsite exams.

The president wavers often on whether or not Russian Federation is trying to interfere with US politics.

The U.S. intelligence community concluded, with a subsequent endorsement from the Senate intelligence committee, that Russia's active measures in 2016 were meant to hurt Hillary Clinton and help Trump get elected.

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American intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 US election with a campaign of propaganda and hacking to disparage Trump's Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton and aid Trump's candidacy, and that Moscow is now targeting the November 6 congressional races.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer declared on Monday that new Russian Federation sanctions legislation was "stuck in the mud", as he accused Republicans of being "unwilling, maybe afraid" to push back against Trump. Bolton suggested the decision not to meet sooner was due to special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina criticized Trump directly. The president was hit with further criticism after his return to Washington with the announcement that he had invited Putin to visit the White House.

"We need to cooperate with Congress on the formulation of new sanctions, because Putin doesn't understand".

Russian Federation has denied such meddling occurred.

"In my opinion, there is no doubt that they intervened and will intervene (in elections) in the future", said Rubio.

According to the committees, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell charged the committees with evaluating sanctions legislation against Russia and to recommend additional measures that could respond to or deter Russian malignant behavior.

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