Washington Reacts With Dismay To Trump-Putin Press Conference

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At their joint press conference in Helsinki, Mr. Trump said that while he had "great confidence" in the USA intelligence community, he believed Mr. Putin's "extremely strong and powerful" denial that Russian Federation meddled in the us election.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin tried to lighten the mood at a post-summit news conference with American leader Donald Trump on Monday by tossing him a World Cup football. It's been over a year since US intelligence agencies proved that there was Russian interference in the election and that Russian operatives hacked and leaked emails from the Democratic party in 2016.

Trump reiterated that there was no collusion between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation, and in reference to hacking in the USA presidential election, said: "My people came to me, they said they think it's Russian Federation".

Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin vowed a fresh start to troubled relations between the world's greatest nuclear powers at their first summit yesterday, as the American leader rejected a chance to condemn Moscow's alleged manipulation of U.S. elections.

"I think there are ways of communicating with your friends, and sometimes it feels like we punch our friends in the nose and hold our hand out to people who are working strongly against us, like Russian Federation, and Putin", Corker said last week.

"I never thought I would see the day when our American president would stand on the stage with the Russian president and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression", said Sen.

Trump took the ball and thanked Putin for the gift.

Mr Trump said US-Russia relations had "never been worse" than before they met, but that had now changed.

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McCain, who has been away from the Senate as he battles brain cancer, said the damage inflicted by Trump's "naivete, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate".

The entire US intelligence community determined months ago that Moscow attempted to interfere. "We don't actually know of what the offer consisted, but it's very interesting to me that they discussed Ukraine, and Putin said that there is 'an interesting offer" there".

"I think that the probe is a disaster for our country", Trump added, taking the unusual step to undermine his own Justice Department on foreign soil.

The fresh indictments had prompted a number of US senators, all but one of them Democrats, to request Trump cancel his summit with Putin.

Trump said the meeting was a "very good start" and believes his decision to go ahead with the meeting - despite intense opposition from his political opponents - was right.

Appreciating the role of the United States in convincing Iran to sign the nuclear deal, Putin said the deal played a great role in addressing issues like non-proliferation and careful use of nuclear technology.

Former director of the CIA and the National Security Agency, Michael Hayden, told NPR's All Things Considered he wouldn't have gone as far as Brennan's condemnation, but he said Trump's performance "was a surprise".

He pointed out that as Trump is looking out for USA interests, he is looking out for Russian interests, and the two nations need to look "for common points" of agreement.

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