Captain America: Donald Trump is 'Putin's puppet'

Captain America: Donald Trump is 'Putin's puppet'

The fallout to the meeting and press conference has called the conduct of both Mr Trump and Mr Putin into question, with the Russian President again denying the Russian state had any part in influencing the USA election - even as a Fox News journalist tried to hand him the indictment documents of 12 Russian intelligence officials during an interview.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday described the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Moscow's election meddling as "political games" that should not be permitted to interfere with US-Russia relations.

"The President's statements today in Helsinki demonstrate his continued refusal to accept the unanimous conclusions of US intelligence leaders and the bipartisan findings of the Senate Intelligence Committee", Collin said.

Outspoken Kremlin critic Bill Browder on Monday said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is "playing Trump like a fiddle", and slammed the Russian president's accusation that he donated $400 million to then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Independent Sen. Angus King serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee and says President Trump's comments were astounding, and they ignored the findings of his own intelligence agencies.

CBS News: "Washington reacts to Trump-Putin press conference with dismay" - "Republicans and Democrats alike are dismayed by President Trump's comments at his joint press conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Monday".

While Paul Ryan, the top Republican in the US House of Representatives, called on Trump to accept that Russian Federation is not an ally of the United States and must be held accountable for meddling in the 2016 election.

"Yes, I did", Putin said. Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating possible links between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation as part of his probe into Moscow's attempts to interfere in the 2016 election.

Team Trump has denied allegations that they were in any way connected to the alleged hacking or interference.

As Jonathan Chait writes in NY magazine, Trump's ties to Russian Federation stretch back to 1987 and include extensive financial connections. He will keep pushing sanctions on Iran, an important military ally of Putin's in Syria, and Russian companies trading with Iran will get no reprieve from these sanctions.

Mr Putin was not amused. The White House over the weekend took action following CNN reporter Jim Acosta's attempt to interject a question into a Trump news conference Friday by pulling Trump national security adviser John Bolton from a planned appearance on Jake Tapper's weekend show.

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The sellout in Helsinki only adds further credence to this speculation about the true nature of Trump-Putin ties.

Meanwhile, John Brennan, CIA director between 2013 and 2017, said Mr Trump's remarks were "nothing short of treasonous".

In Helsinki, however, Trump was determined to accentuate the positive, as was Putin. He feels strongly about the issue and has an interesting idea, ' Trump said.

'I think we hopefully can do something about that because it's not a positive force, it's a negative force'.

Wallace asked about President Donald Trump's statement that, up until the time the two leaders sat for a summit, the Russian-American relationship has "never been worse".

Trump said they also wanted to help the Syrian people on a humanitarian basis.

Trump cheerfully returned the compliment, saying he hoped the United States would host an equally successful competition, and promised to give the ball to his 12-year-old son Barron.

Putin "just said it is not Russian Federation".

"We shouldn't just let yesterday be swept under the rug, we have to explain American values and have to explain why they're in conflict with Putin's" Sasse said, suggesting that the USA should respond by ramping up further sanctions on the Russian government and Putin's "thugs".

And we say it's for democracy, but we don't support the Russian party.

"Donald Trump's press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of "high crimes & misdemeanors".