Arizona Sens. Flake, McCain rip Trump's performance alongside Putin

Arizona Sens. Flake, McCain rip Trump's performance alongside Putin

John McCain and Jeff Flake, Arizona's Republican U.S. senators, ripped into President Donald Trump for his comments while sharing the stage Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling the performance "disgraceful" and "shameful".

Sen. Bob Corker slammed President Donald Trump on Monday for accepting Russian President Vladimir Putin's denials that the Russians interfered in the 2016 USA presidential election and said Trump's comments made the United States look like a "pushover".

Instead, he denounced the "stupidity" of his own country's policy, especially the decision to investigate election interference.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the minority leader, says never in the history of the country has an American president supported an adversary the way Trump sided with Putin.

His performance was denounced as "treasonous" by a former Central Intelligence Agency chief and condemned as "shameful" by a Republican senator, although other Republicans were more cautious.

"There is no question that Russian Federation interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world", Ryan said in a statement.

Putin said discussion topics included arms treaties, counterterrorism, cybersecurity, Syria, North Korea, Russia's opposition to the US withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, and joint business investment opportunities. "Where are our Republican colleagues. who know in their heart that the president is giving away the store to Vladimir Putin?". "I'm horrified - and have never been more proud of the fact that Putin hates my father so much he personally sanctioned him on Russia's enemies list".

This is far from Conway's first rodeo when it comes to needling the Trump Administration, even though it is his wife's employer. He said U.S. officials could request to be present at such questioning in line with a 1999 agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal cases.

The Russian foreign ministry responded by liking Trump's tweet and then replying: "We agree".

Key members of Congress, including some Republicans, are criticizing President Donald Trump's performance at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin as "bizarre", "shameful" and a "missed opportunity" to stand up to Russia. "I don't even remember their last names", he said, denying that Russian Federation spied on them. I think that we've all been foolish.

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Both leaders also said they would work together to help resolve the Syrian crisis.

"We should have had this dialogue a long time ago".

Putin noted that Russia would expect the U.S.to return the favor and cooperate in the Russian probe against William Browder, a British investor charged of financial crimes in Russia.

Trump's reference to his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation performance carried an edge, too, since the barrage of criticism and insults he delivered there was not generally well-received.

"I consider them (the talks) very successful and useful", Putin said, praising the "frank and business-like atmosphere" of the summit.

The White House has struggled to explain why Trump aligned so closely with Putin, and lawmakers in both major parties appeared shocked and dismayed with his suggestion that he believes Putin's denial of interfering in the 2016 elections.

Trump tweeted "Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of USA foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!"

'One of the most disgraceful performances by a president in memory'.

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Speaking to Fox News following his summit on Monday with Trump in Helsinki, Finland, the Russian president said: "Do you really believe that someone acting from the Russian territory could have influenced the United States and influenced the choice of millions of Americans?"