President Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki

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Tusk said Europe, China, the US and Russian Federation had a "common duty" not to destroy the global order but to improve it by reforming worldwide trade rules.

Trump has always been at odds with his own intelligence community, largely clashing over a report released by USA intelligence officials concluding that Putin ordered "an influence campaign" in 2016 aimed at helping the Trump campaign and harming his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

"We have not been getting along well for the last number of years", Trump said as he and Putin sat down at the Presidential Palace in Finland's capital. For Putin, she added, "not only is this a P.R. coup no matter what happens, Trump could say nothing and it would help to legitimize his regime". And the scripted cleanup pertained only to the least defensible of his comments.

Clinton lost the election to Trump in November 2016.

Ahead of Trump's meeting with Putin, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers had urged the US president to press for the extradition to the United States of the Russian agents.

The summit caps a trip overseas during which Trump accused North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies of failing to spend enough on their militaries and embarrassed British Prime Minister Theresa May by saying she refused to take his advice about how to negotiate Britain's exit from the EU. A lot of people out there.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., repeated his earlier assessment that the Russians are "not our friends". Bolton described the meeting as "unstructured" and said: "We're not looking for concrete deliverables here". The White House wouldn't immediately confirm the timing.

Many fear that Trump - in his eagerness to prove that he was right to seek the summit with Putin despite Russia´s often hostile stance - may give up too much ground.

And after Trump raised the possibility of recognizing Putin's annexation of Crimea, there will be intense scrutiny of his rhetoric on the issue at a joint news conference. But that doesn't mean they're bad.

Asked if there was anything he thinks Russian Federation should take responsibility for, Trump said, "We're all to blame". "They want to do well, and we want to do well".

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Trump did not respond; Putin appeared to smirk. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

USA intelligence officials have said they're confident that the Kremlin was behind the effort to help Trump defeat Clinton, and Mueller's indictment alleged that the culprits are part of a Russian military intelligence agency known as the GRU.

But minority Democrats have few tools to enforce anything. But even that largely symbolic measure was blocked party-line by Republicans.

Trump's sometime ally, Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, said sanctions may be preferable to a nonbinding resolution that amounts to "just some messaging exercise". Putin said that issue came up during their private meetings, but Trump did not discuss it during the press conference.

That's Trump's favorite derogatory term for the special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling and possible ties to his campaign that has already led to a slew of indictments, including of a dozen Russian intelligence officers last week.

"I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today".

"The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally", Ryan, R-Wis., said in a statement. "I really think the world wants to see us get along". That's the part he corrected on Tuesday.

Russian state-run news and propaganda sites also quickly seized on the news, with Kremlin-controlled Sputnik News reporting that Trump had "harshly criticized Washington's policy toward Moscow".

The Obama administration did take action, including confronting Mr Putin in person as well as expelling almost three dozen Russian diplomats the U.S. said were actually intelligence operatives and imposing new sanctions.

"The main thing is zero collusion, and it has had an impact on the two largest nuclear powers in the world", he said.

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