Trump spoke of the 2016 electoral college map and of online conspiracy theories created to undermine an ongoing investigation into Russia's role in the race, questioning why law enforcement failed to seize Democratic National Committee servers that were hacked by Russian military intelligence officers and whether it was that organization - not his campaign - that had conspired with Moscow to lose the election.
"There is no question that Russian Federation interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world".
Ahead of the summit, the Russian foreign ministry "liked" Trump's Twitter comments, in which the USA president denounced the investigation into Russian meddling in American elections as well as previous US policy. I think the US has been foolish.
"The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally", Ryan continued.
'On the world's stage, in front of the entire globe, the President of the United States essentially capitulated and seems intimidated by Vladimir Putin. The United States is not to blame.
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'President Putin feels very strongly about it and has a very interesting idea'.
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"No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant". Putin coyly asked the room, before promising to "look into" the "12 alleged Russian officers" indicted last week by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office. It's going to be very hard to judge what they talked about, but when you see the two Presidents next to each other, that, to me, will be the most fascinating. "This is shameful", tweeted Flake, who is not running for re-election.
"However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we can not exclusively focus on the past - as the world's two largest nuclear powers, we must get along". Ben Sasse added on Twitter.
After Trump and Putin met briefly in Vietnam in November 2017, Trump was criticised in the United States for saying he believed Putin when the Russian president denied accusations that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections.
"This answer by President Trump will be seen by Russian Federation as a sign of weakness and create far more problems than it solves". And while he denied ordering the election interference, he did, for the first time, acknowledge he had a preference in the 2016 race. Bob Corker of Tennessee. But Trump did not strongly condemn the interference efforts, which US intelligence agencies insist did occur, including hacking of Democratic emails, the subject of last week's indictment of 12 Russians.
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"I get the feeling, I've seen it first-hand actually, sometimes the president cares more about how a leader treats him personally than forcefully getting out there and pushing against things that we know have harmed our nation", Corker said.
Many world leaders condemned the Crimean peninsula being annexed from Ukraine by the Russian Federation in 2014, as they deemed it to be a violation of worldwide law.
Trump responded by echoing a bombshell tweet in which he derided his own country's past "foolishness and stupidity" for the state of relations between Russian Federation and the US. But we had much better defenses. Huntsman's father joined Trump in Helsinki.
And former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan said Trump's behavior at the news conference "rises to & exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes & misdemeanors.' It was nothing short of treasonous".
"Donald Trump's press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes & misdemeanors.' It was nothing short of treasonous", he said. Trump made the comment during an interview with CBS News that aired Sunday. Republican Patriots: "Where are you???"
Many in Washington were agog at Trump's decision to sit alone with Putin, anxious about what he might give away to the former KGB spymaster, after previously cosying up to the autocratic leaders of China and North Korea. "We are the two great nuclear powers, we have 90 percent of the nuclear". Trump himself has said that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is obsolete, so if Putin can induce Trump to agree with him on kind of how the world should work, that would be extremely good, now beyond that, of course they would love to have sanctions ended but that's pretty unrealistic, because it's not just President Trump who decides that, its Congress, they know it's a very fraught political situation right now with these indictments, the President kind of dismisses them. When President Trump visited Moscow back then, I didn't even know he was in Moscow.
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