Former US Intelligence Heads Criticize President Trump Over Russia Comments


On Saturday when members of the White House press corps asked Trump about this issue he responded by saying, "Every time (Putin) sees me, he says, 'I didn't do that.' And I believe, I really believe, that when he tells me that, he means it".

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Thursday that President Donald Trump's habit of defending Russian Federation does "undermine" Congress' election interference investigation. "If the President of the United States can't even acknowledge what his intelligence agencies are telling him or continues to cast doubt on it or claim this is all a hoax, it doesn't help the country prepare for when the Russians might very well do this again".

"We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the USA presidential election", the agencies concluded.

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Russian Federation is not happy with these sanctions, and they have expressed the U.S.' non-cooperation with their efforts in trying to have better communication between them and President Trump.

On Saturday, Trump proceeded to describe as "political hacks" the former heads of the CIA, NSA and Federal Bureau of Investigation. "As to whether I believe it or not, I am with our agencies, especially as now constituted with the leadership".

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These statements come after Trump has acknowledged he fired the FBI director to halt an investigation into Russia's actions.

"So you look at that and you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with them", Trump said. "So we've had a lot of confirmation of the findings of the intelligence community".

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