He compared his conversations with Putin to what "every president does - you sit with the president of various countries".
There has been a confusing and sometimes even alarming tendency on the part of President Trump to complement President Putin and to do things like his abrupt announcement of a withdrawal from Syria that led his own secretary of defense to resign, that has led many of us to question his closeness to and his affinity for President Putin.
With new Washington Post reporting that President Donald Trump may have taken unprecedented, and potentially illegal, measures to hide the contents of private conversations with President Vladimir Putin, we are providing you with an update on several ongoing Russian threat streams.
The reports, and Trump's harsh criticisms of them, come as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election continues.
The Times reported that FBI agents and some top officials became suspicious of Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign but didn't open an investigation at that time because they weren't sure how to approach such a sensitive and important probe, according to the unnamed officials.
"I do think it's curious that throughout that whole summer when these investigations started, you had (Russian President) Vladimir Putin's policies nearly being parroted by Donald Trump", Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, said on the CNN "State of the Union" program.
Pirro went on to ask Trump to respond to the Times report alleging that the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation the day after he fired Comey in May of 2017.
"Cohen, who will testify in Congress on February 7, insists that he has never been to Prague, but added in a tweet: "#Mueller knows everything!" He then began attacking Comey personally, claiming that "everybody wanted him fired, Republicans and Democrats alike". "This is absurd", she said. "It's pretty much up to him in terms of who he wants to read into his conversations with world leaders", Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union".
"I have been FAR tougher on Russian Federation than Obama, Bush or Clinton". Maybe tougher than any other President. At the same time, & as I have often said, getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing, not a bad thing. I fully expect that someday we will have good relations with Russian Federation again! James Comey was sacked because he's a disgraced partisan hack, and his Deputy Andrew McCabe, who was in charge at the time, is a known liar fired by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. These are just some of the losers that tried to do a number on your President.
"We have a humanitarian crisis, to put it mildly", the president told Pirro. Remember the "insurance policy?' This is it!"
John Delaney, a Maryland Democrat who has announced a run for the White House, called Trump's behavior toward Russian Federation "highly suspicious", adding, "We haven't had a president who has been as supportive of Vladimir Putin in decades".
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