- President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin opened their long-awaited summit Monday with a wink and slouch, respectively, then talked one on one behind closed doors for two-plus hours before the American leader declared their meeting was off to a "very, very good start for everybody".
Rosenstein also risked angering Russian President Vladimir Putin by claiming his country's GRU - equivalent to the Central Intelligence Agency - then spread the stolen documents online. He claimed Mr Obama "was informed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation about Russian Meddling, he said it couldn't happen, was no big deal, & did NOTHING about it". And what about those Hillary Clinton e-mails anyways? Until Monday, Russia was a chief American adversary.
Trump said he and Putin would discuss a range of issues, from trade to the military, along with missiles and China. "However, that changed as of about four hours ago".
The White House has struggled to explain why Trump aligned so closely with Putin, and lawmakers in both major parties appeared shocked and dismayed with his suggestion that he believes Putin's denial of interfering in the 2016 elections.
Wallace said Putin was strongly against the idea of Georgia or Ukraine joining North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, explaining that Putin "went on a tear" about the alliance expanding closer to Russia's borders. "I don't want to insult President Trump when I say this - and I may come as rude - but before he announced that he will run for presidency, he was of no interest for us. But I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today", Trump said. "What happened to Hillary Clinton's emails?" he said, calling it a "disgrace" that her emails went missing. "33,000 e-mails gone - just gone". Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) called the conference a "missed opportunity" that would "be seen by Russian Federation as a sign of weakness and create far more problems than it solves".
'I'd like to say I'm shocked but this is the world in which we live now'.
Putin showed up late to his meeting with the USA president in Helsinki Monday after arriving in the Finnish capital late. "It's wonderful to me to watch the right-before-before-our-eyes decline of the stature, the respect, the integrity, and the perceived intelligence of members of the United States White House or presidential press corps".
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, a Republican and a Trump appointee, responded to Trump's remarks and stood by the US agencies.
Coats added that Russian Federation remains behind "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".
Trump's performance was roundly denounced.
President Trump was asked a very straightforward question about Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) speaks with news media at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, U.S., July 16, 2018. Asked if Russian Federation was at all to blame for the poor ties, he said: "I hold both countries responsible".
"I felt this was a message best delivered in person".
"Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".
"The damage inflicted by President Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate". But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake. "One can only hope they are not waiting totally in vain".
Trump even mimicked that language on Monday, saying of Russian meddling: "I hold both countries responsible. I think we're all to blame".
How much longer can the foreign policy leaders in President Donald Trump's Cabinet stick by this President?
Asked if he trusted USA intelligence agencies, which concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election, Trump said he had been told by his CIA chief that Russian Federation was to blame, but he was not certain.
"What he did is an incredible offer", Trump said. So, I think for the president to cast doubt is appropriate.
Wallace said that Putin refused to look at the physical indictment against 12 Russian intelligence officers for their interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Senator Ben Sasse called it "bizarre" and "flat-out wrong" for Trump to suggest that both the U.S. and Russian Federation are to blame for deteriorated relations. Some have suggested it is because Russian Federation has some compromising information on Trump. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate's top Democrat. "If that's not the explanation - that putin has something on him - what is it? what could it possibly be?" "He's got that kind of slouch", Obama said of Putin, "looking like the bored kid at the back of the classroom".
Trump addressed the issue by saying that if such material existed, it would have been released by now.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, told reporters: "I've said a number of times and I'll say it again". The two exchanged a brief "thank you" after Putin wrapped up his remarks.
Clapper described Putin as an "arch enemy of the United States" who seeks to undermine its democracy and elections.
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