President Trump Sides With Putin At Historic Summit

President Trump Sides With Putin At Historic Summit

"I encourage the Administration to avoid the mistakes of past Administrations in normalizing relations with Russian Federation at zero cost to Putin and his regime".

"As our intelligence agencies have informed us, Russian Federation tried to interfere in our elections and the elections of our allies across the globe". "It's the internal political games of the United States".

Trump's openness to the symbolic offer appeared to cede the high ground to Putin.

The Daily Show host highlighted special counsel Robert Mueller's indictments against 12 Russian GRU military intelligence officers, as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

"I think you see for yourself that these efforts failed".

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Dan Coats, Trump's director of national intelligence, promptly made clear he did not share the president's view.

"Russia attempted to interfere in the 2016 USA election and is no friend of the United States", Risch said in a statement released by his office Monday afternoon.

The news conference also rattled some officials in the State and Defence Departments and in USA intelligence agencies, according to officials in five government offices. That is cause for pride, but also for alarm.

Mr. Putin was speaking shortly after his summit with Mr. Trump in Helsinki, Finland, where the question of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race loomed large.

Fox contributor and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who advised Mr. Trump during and after the campaign, called on him to "clarify his statements in Helsinki on our intelligence system and Putin".

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Tell us what you think! His performance was denounced as "treasonous" by a former Central Intelligence Agency chief, while senator John McCain said the summit was "a tragic mistake".

Putin called on the United States to work together to resolve the Syrian conflict, saying "Russia and the US can take the lead on this issue in this country and work together to overcome the humanitarian crisis".

Schumer also criticized Trump's statements that the to blame for the current bad relationship with Russian Federation. "That is a signal that determines, 'I am the one in power and you are the submissive one, '" she said. "It's a very sad thing for our country to see this".

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

"I actually went out and reviewed a clip of an answer that I gave, and I realise that there is need for some clarification", Mr Trump said.

Before the summit even began, Trump blamed his own country for the deterioration in relations.

The Russian foreign ministry tweeted back: "We agree". I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be".

Putin did not touch the indictment and dismissed the claims as "ridiculous". We should've had this dialogue a long time ago; a long time, frankly, before I got to office.

"I thought we were doing horribly before today", the president said. Putin also denied to Wallace that his government has "compromising material" on Trump.

Current and former Trump White House and campaign officials describe the president as obsessed by any suggestion that his elevation to the White House came as anything other than the product of his own hard work. "Everybody knows it." Overall, he refused to condemn Russian Federation for their interference in the 2016 election and he handed the floor over to Putin to defend himself. "Trump tries to take possession of this entire interview early on". He referred to the European Union itself as a "foe" in trade and repeatedly criticised it.