Two-hour Trump, Putin meeting in Helsinki ends on ‘very good start’

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Trump's remarks at the news conference were met by some with strong criticism - particularly for slamming Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation and appearing to back Putin's denial that Moscow did not interfere in the 2016 US election.

With that, the two leaders gave a quick handshake and their private meeting in the opulent Gothic Hall was under way. "I don't really, I can't tell you what's going to happen". The rest of the world hears you!

President Donald Trump defended his intelligence team hours after contradicting their assessment and backing up Russian President Vladimir Putin's claims that he didn't meddle in the presidential election.

'As I said today and many times before, "I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people", Trump wrote.

The charges say the Russian defendants, using a persona known as Guccifer 2.0, in August 2016 contacted a person in touch with the Trump campaign to offer help.

And lastly, I just have to mention that Hayes now holds what sounds to me like the greatest academic gig anywhere, occupying "the University Chair in Critical Thinking" at Saint John's University. "We are the two great nuclear powers".

Putin also handed Trump a soccer ball, in honor of Russia's successful hosting of the World Cup tournament this year and the United States picking up hosting duties in 2026. Not mentioned: Election meddling or Syria.

Prosecutors from Mueller's office and the Justice Department's National Security Division visited the courtroom of a federal magistrate judge in Washington at 11:30 a.m. ET to return the grand jury indictment, according to an itinerary posted outside the courtroom.

Putin said that he would look into the matter and promised nothing. "I will be talking about nuclear proliferation", he said, then explaining how both the United States and Russian Federation had flirted with improving their arsenals. "Our nation's top intelligence agencies all agree on that point". For those keeping track at home, that was not a yes.

The press briefing follows a one-on-one summit between Trump and Putin.

Trump added that he wanted to discuss the two countries' national defense systems.

But, then, Trump has fostered the idea that he was going to play this one by ear.

How would that work?

In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union", Paul called it a waste of time "saying [Russian President Vladimir] Putin needs to admit" that his spies hacked into Democratic email servers "and apologize".

As America's leader reached over to grasp Mr Putin's right hand, his counterpart appeared to brace himself against his chair with his left. Trump asked. "He may deny it". It's something a lot of people are wondering these days, considering Trump's recent disturbing behavior.

He said: "We'll be talking about Syria".

So it was interesting that when Putin was asked by an Associated Press reporter whether he had something on Trump, Putin totally punted. Relations have further degraded over Putin's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country's civil war, and a nerve-agent poisoning this year of a former Russian spy living in Britain that the United Kingdom government has pinned on Moscow. There was no treaty to sign or one specific area of discussion to come to an understanding on. For that reason both presidents called the meeting a success - and said they hoped to do it again.

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