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Trump was played by Putin? Not compared to Obama

The issue is that the intelligence community never made an assessment of how Russian meddling, including the hacking of Democratic National Committee computers and subsequent dissemination of emails from key staffers, may have affected the election.

One amendment reportedly being considered in the State Duma would allow the state's Prosecutor General's office to block "undesirable organizations" from posting their content on Russia's internet. For example, the head of the White House believes that the Russian Federation did not interfere in the USA presidential election.

Trump spent time with Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam last week, which led him to suggest he believes Putin instead of U.S. intelligence agencies on the issue of Kremlin election interference - though he would later backtrack on that suggestion. Vedomosti later reported that the Dumawas considering a much broader move, covering other Western and global press outlets.

The two presidents, today, welcomed the Memorandum of Principles concluded in Amman, Jordan, on November 8, 2017, between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Russian Federation, and the United States of America. Putin replied Russian Federation did not. Of course, Putin has no interest in "get [ting] out of Syria" or "work [ing] with" the USA on Ukraine, because he regards both these geographies to be within Russia's rightful sphere of influence.

President Trump's 12 days in Asia generated headline after headline. He said he believed that Putin believed that he and his cronies didn't try to influence the USA election. Why would the leader of our country say this?

Of course, Trump's willingness to be played by Putin has nothing to do with the fact that he (Trump, that is) could not say much other than "I believe him" without adding fuel to the fire of an ongoing investigation that threatens to consume Trump and his cadre of government haters, racial bigots and climate-change deniers over the issue of Russia's meddling.

"Reprehensible", Brennan said regarding Trump's attack on Clapper. "As now led by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies".

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Did Russia's attempts to meddle in US elections come up in the conversation? No less an authority than Mike Pompeo, the President Trump-appointed Central Intelligence Agency director, has said there is certainty about Russian meddling. Trump had much to say Saturday about last week's smiles and handshakes with Putin and repeated denials of interference in the USA from the former KGB spymaster. "The President is not the chairman of the board of elections in this country", Kellyanne Conway remarked to Martha Raddatz on ABC News' This Week.

"As to whether I believe it, I'm with our agencies", Trump said. "And you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with that", Trump said.

The Presidents' statement is posted to the State Department website and on the Kremlin website.

But Trump told of his "great relationship" with Duterte, characterizing it as "very successful".

When Trump's convoy passed spectators on Nguyen Van Line Road in Da Nang, Vietnam, one individual was seen with a sign that read "Welcome the President (angel) of America Donald Trump to Da Nang Vietnam".

Addressing Trump's shaky replies during his Sunday press conference, Meyers said, "He seemed very eager to go easy on Putin".

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