Asked bluntly if he is a Rus­sian agent, Trump says it’s an in­sult­ing ques­tion

An­other Re­port Claims US Prez Hid De­tails Of Face-To-Face Talks With Putin

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES GLOBAL -

The Wash­ing­ton Post re­vealed that Trump ‘has gone to ex­tra­or­di­nary lengths to con­ceal de­tails of his con­ver­sa­tions with Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Putin, in­clud­ing on at least one oc­ca­sion tak­ing pos­ses­sion of notes of his own in­ter­preter’. Trump re­jected the story, say­ing, ‘I’m not keep­ing any­thing un­der wraps — I couldn’t care less, it’s so ridicu­lous’ hing­ton Post say the White House is ‘chaotic, there does not seem to be a strat­egy for this Shut­down. There is no plan.’ The Fakes al­ways like talk­ing Chaos, there is NONE,” Trump main­tained, re­veal­ing, “In fact, there’s al­most no­body in the W.H. but me, and... ....I do have a plan on the Shut­down.”

He added, “But to un­der­stand that plan you would have to un­der­stand the fact that I won the elec­tion, and I promised safety and se­cu­rity for the Amer­i­can peo­ple. Part of that prom­ise was a Wall at the South­ern Bor­der. Elec­tions have con­se­quences!”

The re­mark left pun­dits won­der­ing if he saw his elec­tion vic­tory as li­cense to do as it pleases him. The op­po­si­tion Democrats, who won the midterm Con­gres­sional elec­tions and have re­cap­tured the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and who have also said “elec­tions have con­se­quences,” are cir­cling around the Repub­li­can pres­i­dent, promis­ing in­tense scru­tiny into his con­duct.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Eliot En­gel, Demo­crat of New York and the chair­man of the House For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee, said that his panel would hold hear­ings on “the mys­ter­ies swirling around Trump’s bizarre re­la­tion­ship with Putin and his cronies, and how those dark deal­ings af­fect our na­tional se­cu­rity.”

Sep­a­rately, Se­na­tor Bob Me­nen­dez, the rank­ing mem­ber of the Se­nate For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee, told CNN he’d like to get the notes of the meet­ing that the Pres­i­dent had with Putin. “There was a trans­la­tor so I’m sure she took notes down si­mul­ta­ne­ously in or­der to trans­late. Un­less she’s de­stroyed them, they would be of in­ter­est,” he said.

The idea that the pres­i­dent of the US could be an as­set or stooge of an­other coun­try has rat­tled many in the the for­eign pol­icy and na­tional se­cu­rity com­mu­nity. “In­cred­i­ble dan­ger­ous na­tional se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion,” tweeted for­mer four-star gen­eral Barry McCaf­frey, re­fer­ring to the Wash­ing­ton Post story.

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