Pompeo Emphatic: Trump Has Not Gone Soft, Accepts that Russia Meddled in the Election
- Secretary of State MikePompeo faced hostile questions
from senators Wednesdayover the president's summit
with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
Meanwhile, at the White House,
President Trump wascelebrating an agreement
with the European Union to pull back
from potential trade war.
Dale Hurd has this story.
- So we had a big day, very big.
- [Dale] In a hastily calledRose Garden appearance,
President Trump and EuropeanCommission President
Jean-Claude Juncker said theUS and the EU have agreed
to hold off on new tariffsthat could have led
to a trade war over autos.
And they agreed to worktoward the same goal
on non-automotive goods.
- We agreed today, first of all,
to work together towards zero tariffs,
zero non-tariff barriers,and zero subsidies
on non-auto industrial goods.
We will also work to reduce barriers
and increase trade in services, chemicals,
pharmaceuticals, medicalproducts, as well as soybeans.
Soybeans is a big deal.
- [Dale] The president also said a deal
to sell American liquifiednatural gas to Europe was coming.
- The European Union wantsto import more liquified
natural gas, LNG, from the United States
and they're going to bea very, very big buyer.
- [Dale] Over on Capitol Hill,Trump's Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo was on the hot seat
over the president's statementsat the Helsinki Summit
with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- You come before agroup of senators today
who are filled with serious doubts
about this White House and its conduct
of American foreign policy.
- [Dale] Senators were upsetthat President Trump said
he did not believe USintelligence agencies
who said Russia meddledin the 2016 election.
Pompeo reassured them.
- I want you to know,President Trump has stated
that he accepts our intelligentcommunity's conclusion
that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.
He has complete and properunderstanding of what happened.
I know, I briefed himon it for over a year.
- [Dale] And he saidthe White House has not
gone soft on Russia.
- I personally made clear to the Russians
there will be severe consequences
for interference in ourdemocratic processes.
- Dale Hurd, CBN News.