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Trump backing Putin on election meddling stirs fierce criticism

18 July 2018

Monday's firestorm erupted when Trump, standing side by side with Putin in Helsinki, refused to say he believed that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election, or to publicly condemn it.

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"They are having big protests all over the country, probably as big as they have ever had before".

He told reporters at a joint news conference with Putin that, although he supported United States intelligence analysts, Putin was "extremely strong" in denying any interference. Some have suggested it is because Russian Federation has some compromising information on Trump.

While Trump has repeatedly decried the special counsel investigation into possible collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia, his comments on Monday were particularly unusual, having come just three days after a dozen Russian officials were indicted on charges of hacking Democratic servers during the 2016 campaign.

"I guess he said as strongly as you can say it, they have no information on Trump".

Daniel Coats, director of national intelligence, lost little time in responding to the President he serves.

Trump has been reluctant to blame Russian Federation for the hacks and again Monday refused to embrace the intelligence community assessment.

The news conference also rattled some officials in the State and Defense Departments and in U.S. intelligence agencies, according to officials in five government offices.

US President Donald Trump has arrived home from his one-on-one meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki to a wave of criticism that has crossed party lines.

"I think it was great today, but I think it was really bad five hours ago". I think we've all been foolish.

The headlines went as far as calling the US President "treasonous", "weak" and labeled him an "autocrat" following the 45-minute press conference with his Russian counterpart in Helsinki on Monday. Those who often attempt to defend Trump or justify his comments, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, called on the president to take a tougher stance with Russian Federation.

Furthermore, he brought up the 1999 treaty on law enforcement cooperation between the U.S. and Russian Federation, under which Mueller could arrange to have the 12 questioned in Russian Federation, with the presence of his prosecutors.

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During a discussion on "Pulling at the Strings: The Kremlin's Interference in Elections" at the Atlantic Council, Rubio said that "what the president said today is not accurate".

Sen. John McCain, meanwhile, issued a statement saying the "damage inflicted by President Trump's naivete, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate". I think that the United States has been foolish.

However, before the summit began, Mr Trump blamed his own country for the deterioration in relations.

What steps of that nature might have come out of today's meeting, and what do you expect for U.S. -Russia relations going forward?

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, told reporters: "I've said a number of times and I'll say it again".

Added Sen. Marco Rubio: "Foreign policy must be based on reality, not hyperbole or wishful thinking". "We don't have anything on them", Putin said.

"I beat Hillary Clinton easily and frankly we beat her. we won that race and it's a shame that there can be even a little bit of a cloud over it", he said.

But Trump, convinced his unique brand of diplomacy can win over Putin, pressed ahead and looked forward to "having an extraordinary relationship" as the pair sat down to discuss global hotspots.

Wallace held up the indictment during the interview, highlighting the details of the indictments, and asked Putin if he wanted to read it, a request he promptly declined.

We saw Trump place blame on the USA for its relationship with Russian Federation - without mentioning Putin and his country's years of global aggression.

Putin arrived late to their meeting in Helsinki, making Trump wait for him.

Trump backing Putin on election meddling stirs fierce criticism