The top USA spy chief who gave an "awkward response" when he heard Donald Trump had invited Vladimir Putin to Washington says he did not mean to disrespect his president. Most Americans do not feel Trump went "too far" in supporting Putin, and while more Americans say US leadership has gotten weaker than stronger under Trump, his ratings on this question are slightly improved from last fall.
"Even in redacted form, the initial FISA application and three renewals underscore the legitimate concern Federal Bureau of Investigation had about Page's activities as it was investigating Russia's interference", Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said on Saturday.
Trump's anger over having to answer Lemire's question - not his failure in attempting to do so - lingered on.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned that President Donald Trump is "confused" by the difference between allegation his campaign colluded with Russia, and Russian meddling in the USA election.
"I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today", Trump said. I have President Putin - he just said it's not Russian Federation.
"You didn't collude with the Russians, or at least I haven't seen any evidence, but Mr. President, they meddled in the elections. He made it crystal clear what would happen and the minute we were past election day so we didn't wind up in a situation", Kerry said.
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In turn, national security experts said, Putin played Trump like a fiddle.
"The sentence should have been: 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation, '" he said. "I just think it's important that any conversation we have with Vladimir Putin is with the person who he really is".
Trump appeared to answer, "No". Former Trump Homeland Security Adviser and now ABC News contributor Tom Bossert disagreed with Schiff's assessment, telling Stephanopoulos in the same interview, "It's an easy, cheap shot to say the president's been compromised by the Russians". John McCain, R-Ariz., for example, called Trump's performance one of the most disgraceful by a US president in memory.
"This idea that somehow we are not sure where our own president stands is deeply disturbing, and the best way to deal with that is to vote in November", she said to applause. I'll give you credit for that Mr. President, but it's not working.
But election meddling wasn't the only issue to come out of the summit.
Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference in Bogota, Colombia on August 12, 2013.
Rice said she had no objection to engaging with Russian Federation, including talking with Putin. The State Department, however, later called it "absolutely absurd".