This Senior White House Official Sounds Like a Child Impersonating a Cop

24 March, 2018, 16:36 | Author: Diane Mills
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"An American president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections", said Senator John McCain, R-Ariz, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee and has pressed the Trump administration to respond aggressively to Russia's interference in the United States. presidential election. Sen.

Aides had been stunned by Trump's decision to call Putin in the first place, but were even more surprised when he ignored their notes warning him explicitly "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" and committed to a summit meeting soon.

Some lawmakers are now criticizing the president for not bringing up that issue during his call with Putin.

Britain has accused Russia of responsibility for the recent nerve agent attack in Britain on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, who served as a double-agent for Britain before settling there.

The leak of such sensitive information about Oval Office deliberations points to deep frustration within the White House about his ad-hoc approach and disregard for the advice of his inner circle.

Only individuals at the very highest levels of the administration would have known about the details of the call.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters.

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One official suggested the documents preparing for the call may have been classified, making unauthorised disclosure a crime.

"The President and the leaders discussed their support for the bill, which includes more funds to rebuild the military, such as the largest pay raise for our troops in a decade, more than 100 miles of new construction for the border wall and other key domestic priorities, like combatting the opioid crisis and rebuilding our nation's infrastructure", the White House said in a statement.

"There are signs that the Kremlin is becoming more brazen. This is not the action of a regime that is being successfully deterred".

Multiple officials told the Post there are no plans for a meeting between the two world leaders, despite Trump's assertion Tuesday he'll "be seeing President Putin in the not-too-distant future".

The White House waited for days before condemning the attack, which London has pinned squarely on the Kremlin and Moscow has denied. When the official White House readout of the call emerged several hours later, it said Trump congratulated Putin but made no mention of a discussion of a meeting.

U.S. President Donald Trump, flanked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), takes the stage to address the Republican congressional retreat at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, U.S. February 1, 2018.

In a statement, White House staff say they are conducting an investigation and that leaking presidential papers is not only a fireable offense, it's also illegal. "I can imagine he does not want to wait to be directed or handled by the bureaucracy on even these extremely hard negotiations, because he has spent his adult life negotiating deals. If you don't like the guy, quit!" said Republican Senator Marco Rubio.

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