Most Americans think Trump isn’t tough enough on Russian Federation, new poll says

Let's be clear: The White House week of walk-backs

Rattled or frustrated, Trump is lashing out all over

Right after President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had their news conference in Helsinki, a writer for The Atlantic magazine highlighted a curious omission in the White House transcript.

"The President believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russian Federation witch hunt is over, so we've agreed that it will be after the first of the year", Bolton said in a statement that was distributed to the White House press pool. Russian President Vladimir Putin said in Helsinki last week that he supported Trump in 2016 because of Trump's conciliatory outlook toward Russia. Wresting control of either or both chambers could allow Democrats to derail or stall much of Trump's policy agenda, while ushering in more aggressive congressional oversight and investigation of his administration.

Last night, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow pointed out the fact that the White House, as well as the Kremlin, have removed a very important part of this month's Helsinki meeting between Trump and Putin, from their transcripts and live video feeds.

Still, 72 percent of Americans said they were more likely to believe US intelligence agencies over Putin's claims that Russia didn't interfere in the election, the poll found, while 15 percent said they believed the Russian president.

Trump's comments provoked widespread outrage, since the American intelligence community had concluded Putin directed operations created to boost Trump over his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

Let's be clear: The White House week of walk-backs

The White House video, she alleged, cut out a key question from Reuters' Jeff Mason, who asked whether Putin wanted Mr. Trump to win the election. Shine denied this story to Politico, saying that "I have not had a meeting or discussion about this" and praising Sanders as a "total team player". Despite a slight increase, Trump's approval rating is still only 45 percent, among the lowest of any recent US president at this point in his first term.

While Democrats, predictably, feel strongly about the issue (82 percent say Trump hasn't been tough enough), nearly half of Republicans say the president hasn't been tough enough on Russian Federation (47 percent), with 2 in 10 saying he's been about right, and a quarter who aren't sure (one of the highest "unsure" numbers among subgroups).

Trump, who goes back and forth about what he accepts about the years-long campaign of "active measures" against the West, now says the cyberattacks, online agitation and other techniques could be turned against him and Republicans in the 2018 congressional races. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. Menendez said that Pompeo, a former Republican congressman from Kansas, would have been so angry that he would have had to have been peeled off the ceiling of the Capitol if President Barack Obama had said and done some of the same things as Trump. Trump partially walked back his comments after returning to the U.S.by saying he misspoke when he said he didn't see why "it would be Russian Federation". Bolton said they agreed the meeting would be "after the first of the year".

"What Putin was doing was assigning moral equivalency to a legitimate indictment with lots of evidence against several Russian military intelligence officers for violating American sovereignty in 2016 during the presidential elections, with a completely fabricated, cockamamie story invented by Putin", McFaul told Salon.

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