The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Off Putin

Melania Trump, Vladimir Putin, and Donald Trump pose with a soccer ball.
Melania Trump, Vladimir Putin, and Donald Trump pose with a soccer ball gifted to Trump by Putin at their summit in Helsinki.

-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey), Maddie Carlisle (@maddieec123), and Olivia Paschal (@oliviacpaschal)

Today in 5 Lines

  • During a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump rejected the consensus among the U.S. intelligence community that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. “They said, ‘I think it is Russia.’ I have President Putin. He just said it is not Russia,” Trump said in Helsinki after a two-hour private meeting with Putin. “I will say this: I do not see any reason why it would be.”

  • Members of Congress, including some Republicans, condemned Trump’s remarks and his refusal to confront Russia. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats also issued a response, saying his agency “will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security.”

  • The Justice Department charged a Russian national with conspiracy to act as an agent of Russia in the United States.

  • Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said he has “serious concerns” about the proposed merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media.

  • Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer heard arguments about whether Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz’s statement to police should be made public.

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