U.S. Intelligence Chiefs, Current And Former, Fire Back At Trump

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

U.S. Intelligence Chiefs, Current And Former, Fire Back At Trump

President Trump, after being questioned by a reporter on if he believed USA intelligence or Vladimir Putin's denial about meddling in the 2016 election, says he has confidence in both parties; John Roberts reports on the takeaways from the post-summit press conference.

US intelligence officials have said the Kremlin was behind the effort to help Trump defeat Clinton, and Mueller tied the hack to the Russian government by identifying the culprits as officers in a Russian military intelligence agency known as the GRU.

President Vladimir Putin and his USA counterpart Donald Trump have committed to improving relations between the U.S. and Russian Federation, with Putin saying there was no longer any reason for tensions between the superpowers.

The American president and Russian leader, Vladimir Putin side by side really shocked the TV personality who just couldn't hold back his reaction.

Asked about the tweet and whether he held Russian Federation responsible for anything, Trump said he held "both countries responsible" thinks the United States has been "fooling" and that "we're all to blame". Trump smiled as he showed the ball to the television cameras and said he'd give it to his 12-year-old son Barron, a soccer fan.

Flake apparently was referring to Trump's response when asked who was at fault for the decline in relations between the the US and Russian Federation. "I don't see any reason why it should be".

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Kasparov said that the press conference was a clear indication Trump and Putin are alike in that neither represent their nations.

Monday's news conference turned on some sharp questions by Jonathan Lemire, White House correspondent for The Associated Press.

MSNBC let the former Central Intelligence Agency director, now contributor, John Brennan set the tone of the debate, with a tweet declaring Trump's behavior at the press conference "nothing short of treasonous". In an interview with Bill O'Reilly early a year ago, Trump shrugged off O'Reilly's description of Putin as "a killer".

The summit began just hours after Trump blamed the United States - and not Russian election meddling or its annexation of Crimea - for a low-point in U.S. -Russia relations. On Monday, however, Trump refused to condemn the attack or even accept Russian Federation was behind it.

His remarks, siding with a foe on foreign soil over his own government, was a stark illustration of Trump's willingness to upend decades of US foreign policy and rattle Western allies in service of his political concerns.

Mr Putin described the Helsinki meeting as "candid and useful" while Mr Trump said there had been "deeply productive dialogue".

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"We were not able to clear all the backlog, but I think we made a first important step in this direction", he said.

Facing a barrage of questions about the war in Syrian and Russia's alleged role in Trump's 2016 election victory, both men broke into brief smiles as the Kremlin chief handed over the souvenir. "Any statement by Vladimir Putin contrary to these facts is a lie and should be recognized as one by the President", Burr said. Trump, who more than any other recent American president has made the press an enemy, and who has openly mused about curtailing freedom of the press to crack down on critics, seems to regard Putin as an equal.

One of the big questions pre-summit was whether Trump would call for the extradition to the United States of the 12 Russian spies indicted by Mueller. During the 2016 presidential campaign, he repeatedly bashed then-candidate Trump as an embarrassment to the party.

"The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally", Ryan said, in what was, for the mild-mannered speaker, akin to a reprimand.

Asked if Putin was an adversary, he said: "Actually I called him a competitor and a good competitor he is and I think the word competitor is a compliment".

Putin appeared to smirk as Trump ignored shouted questions about whether he would warn the Russian leader against meddling in the 2018 midterm elections.

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