"So not only are we paying for most of it, but they weren't even paying and we're protecting them".
"Who do you believe?", Lemire had asked, referring to Trump's well established disbelief in the USA intelligence community's ironclad conclusions about Russia's efforts to subvert America's democracy.
GOP officials from across the country said they were willing to give Trump the benefit of the doubt, believing that he probably was much firmer with Putin in private than he was in his public performance. "If I was loud & vicious, I would have been criticized for being too tough".
"There are some tech experts in Silicon Valley whom I have met who say that maybe what they will do this time is really disrupt the actual election", Clinton said onstage at OZY Fest.
On Thursday, Trump said he was "not happy" that the Federal Reserve was raising interest rates, breaking with long-standing tradition at the White House of avoiding any influence on the US central bank.
Former parliament speaker Krivokapic described Trump's remark as "very odd".
Putin pitched the idea that the US could question the 12 Russian military officials indicted for hacking into the Democratic presidential campaign.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi urged House Speaker Paul Ryan to make clear that Putin wouldn't be invited to address Congress if he visits Washington. Instead, it's seen as a key geopolitical asset for the group, a check against Putin in the Russian leader's proverbial backyard.
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US officials have been mum on what, if anything, the two leaders agreed to in Helsinki during a two-hour, one-on-one meeting.
Also a target of the president's ire was Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who issued a rare statement rebutting the president's Monday comments. She decried the Russian's state's use of violence, extortion, bribes and more to achieve Putin's goals.
The spokesman, who described the talks on condition of anonymity, said the NSC and its Russian counterparts were "continuing a working-level dialogue" to review suggestions by Putin on cybersecurity and counterterrorism.
In addition to putting forward a plan to deal with Syria's refugee problem, Mizintsev said Russian Federation has also suggested forming a joint group with the United States to finance the reconstruction of Syrian infrastructure, which he said in most cities has been 70 percent destroyed by the war. "I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed, including stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear".
The White House, which has not commented on the statement, was reportedly furious about Mr Coat's initial remarks, with one senior official telling the Washington Post, "Coats has gone rogue". She said he is unfailingly "aggressive" and always comes in with a specific agenda.
USA prosecutors say Maria Butina, 29, exploited her close links with the powerful NRA gun lobby while posing as a visiting graduate student to endear herself with senior Republicans, guided by one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's major political supporters, Alexander Torshin.
Coats has been under scrutiny since he said he wished Trump had not met one-on-one with the Russian leader and expressed dismay that the president had publicly undermined United States intelligence agencies.
The White House backtrack came just before the Senate voted overwhelmingly against the idea.