Ex-head of CIA: Trump should disclose details of conversation with Putin

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The White House later clarified Trump's remarks, claiming the president misspoke.

While the three-term Republican lawmaker did not explain exactly how he or Congress could stop a president from meeting privately with a foreign leader, he did say the idea could affect future presidents as well.

"You have an individual here who has openly bragged about his ties to Russia and Russians and he's never - I don't think Carter Page has ever said he's a spy - but he has certainly talked about it". Mr. Trump walked back the statement the next day.

A bare majority of Republicans in the new poll - 51 percent - approve of Trump expressing doubts about US intelligence conclusions on Russian election interference. He also suggested a moral equivalence between Russian Federation and the United States, and said that the USA was just as much to blame for current poor relations as Russian Federation. Marco Rubio of Florida said on CNN's "State of the Union", implicitly contradicting Trump's rationale for engaging the Russian leader.

Trump's own director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, said during the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday that he didn't "know what happened in that meeting".

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Earlier in the week, Coats had also seemed to distance himself from the White House when he issued a statement reaffirming the intelligence agencies' unanimous conclusion that Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 election and that one of Putin's goals was to help Trump's campaign.

Senator Lindsey Graham said additional sanctions needed to be tied up before President Donald Trump holds a second meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"If he does show up, you need to have new sanctions over Putin's head", said Graham, urging a set of sanctions that "would be a hammer over Russia's head" for interfering in the US electoral process. One source said there was a belief that if Mr Coats had been in Washington instead of Colorado, he would not have been surprised by the news.

He went on to say the United States has the responsibility and authority to get involved.

Graham continued: "What I do expect is for the administration and the president, eventually, to tell us were any agreements reached".

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating that allegation and any possible collusion by Trump's campaign. Trump said he was hoping that Tehran " will call us and we'll maybe make a new deal ".

"And I have felt very strongly that, while Russia's actions had no impact at all on the outcome of the election, let me be totally clear in saying that, and I have said this many times, I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place".

The poll also found that 47% of Americans think the country's world leadership has gotten weaker under Trump, with 30% believing it has strengthened, and 20% responding that there has been no change.

Last week House Democrats tried to subpoena the interpreter, one of the few people to know the contents of Trump's two-hour meeting with Putin.

Trump was also reportedly surprised at the backlash and negative media coverage of the meeting, where he refused to condemn Russian Federation for interfering in the 2016 election. The Washington Post said Sunday that despite publicly talking up the success of the summit, Trump was fuming to aides in private that there had not been more dramatic steps forward in denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

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