President Donald Trump has suggested sanctions are too tough on Russia and they are an impediment to relations between both nations. Trump has failed to implement the latest Russian sanctions, something that Congress has failed to make the President accountable for.
"What I believe is that we have to get to work," Trump said. "And I think everybody understood this that heard the answer. We have to get to work to solve Syria, to solve North Korea, to solve Ukraine, to solve terrorism," he added. "And you know, people don't realize Russia has been very, very heavily sanctioned," he said. "They were sanctioned at a very high level, and that took place very recently. It's now time to get back to healing a world that is shattered and broken."
Trump has referred to U.S. intelligence agencies as 'partisan hacks' who were manufacturing false claims about Russia in order to hurt his administration.
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One before landing in Hanoi, Trump also lashed out at the former heads of the nation's intelligence agencies, claiming there were plenty of reasons to be suspicious of their findings. "I mean, give me a break. They're political hacks," Trump said, citing by name James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, John Brennan, the former CIA director and his ousted ex-FBI director James Comey, whom Trump said was "proven now to be a liar and he's proven to be a leaker."