Trump, Putin content with summit despite lack of concrete results

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki Finland Monday

Ryan's comments came after Trump said at a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin that he sees no reason why Russia would interfere in the US election.

On Monday, Trump met with Putin for two hours and then, during a 46-minute joint press conference, slammed Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and declined to criticize Putin for election interference.

"The nail was truly placed in the coffin of Trump's allegiance to Russian Federation when he straight up said: I have real confidence in my intelligence people, but I must tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial".

Several members of President Donald Trump's own party blasted him over his summit and joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Despite the 12 reason indictments, Trump deflected admissions of the Kremlin's involvement in the 2016 election, saying "I don't see any reason" to believe Russian Federation was connected to hacking of the DNC server.

At a time when the world really needed Mr Trump, as the leader of the free world, to stand up to his controversial counterpart, he couldn't say one critical word about Russian Federation on any of the issues that have brought relations between Washington and Moscow to a post-Cold War low.

"As you know, the House Republicans have been pushing a provision in the defense bill that would create a loophole in sanctions targeted at Putin's defense and intelligence sectors", he told reporters. I'll repeat what everyone else said: He never specifically mentioned Ukraine, he didn't mention the nerve agent attacks in the United Kingdom, he didn't mention the anniversary of the MH-17 airliner being shot down.

In case you missed it, Trump and Putin had a joint press conference, and it's been a true ride for most of us unfortunate enough to witness it. Not only that, he stood there while Vladimir Putin said let's work together on cyber security - insert laughter here.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Putin said discussion topics included arms treaties, counterterrorism, cybersecurity, Syria, North Korea, Russia's opposition to the USA withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, and joint business investment opportunities. He added: "I don't see any reason why they [the Russians] would have done it".

Daniel Coats was tapped by the president previous year to serve as director of national intelligence. Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin started their first bilateral meeting here on Monday. "But, it's getting close to two years, but I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship", Trump said.

Trump is being heavily criticised for his behaviour at the press conference following the meeting, with CNN's Anderson Cooper referring to it as "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president".

At the news conference, Trump was invited by reporters to offer any criticism of Russian Federation but he repeatedly declined.

"The United States must be focused on holding Russian Federation accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy".

Trump also said Putin felt "very strongly" about Russian election interference and said Putin "has an interesting idea". "Given what Mr. Putin said today, given the indictments, given what Mr. Trump said today, that can not happen", said Schumer.

Democrats joined the chorus of complaints about Trump's performance.



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