Putin will likely not be shooting for official recognition of Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea or the easing of crippling U.S. sanctions, aware that the U.S. Congress would never allow such action. -Russian relations that have deteriorated in recent years.
When the video first came out, former CIA Director Michael Hayden said on CNN that he found it "stunning" Russian Federation would show a video depicting Florida getting nuked and said "clearly" Putin "wanted us to see that".
Presidents Putin and Trump will meet today at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki.
Last Friday, we all got further confirmation of what we already knew, courtesy of a 29-page indictment filed by special counsel Robert Mueller against 12 Russian nationals charged with hacking the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign.
Republican Trump, standing alongside Putin in front of reporters, said he saw no reason to believe Russian Federation had hacked the election to help him win and that Putin "was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today". Washington's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and many seasoned observers on Capitol Hill must have been watching in horror.
"The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally".
Ryan said "the president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally". Fox News anchor Bret Baier called the news conference "surreal", while Fox Business veteran Neil Cavuto said the president's inability to take a strong stance concerning the consequences of future cyberattacks directed at the U.S.
Ahead of Monday's meeting, Trump criticised previous USA governments on Twitter, saying: "Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!" "The answer to that question is that only thing that explains his behavior & his refusal to stand up to Putin".
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Trump then repeated his criticism of Germany's Nord Stream 2 pipeline with Russian Federation . Trump said he had "low expectations" for his meeting with Putin in Finland on Monday.
The Russian president said he would like to discuss relations between Russia and the USA and global issues with the United States counterpart.
Many US critics had called for the summit's cancellation after new revelations surrounding the alleged election meddling.
"That press conference was a disgrace", House Foreign Affairs ranking member Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., wrote in his own statement. But in advance of the talks, Trump listed a series of topics that did not include Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
'We have 90% of the nuclear, and that's not a good thing, it's a bad thing.
Arizona's Flake, who has felt free to speak his mind since announcing he won't run for another term, deemed Trump's comments on Monday "shameful", with Graham of SC admitting it will be perceived as "a sign of weakness".
"I think this is a so-called first meeting, where the main goal apparently is to test if the dialogue runs smoothly and if a common ground can be found rather than to address some kind of concrete issues", explained Niinistö. "This is shameful", Flake said on Twitter.
"There's no question that Putin interfered in the elections", Tennessee GOP Sen.
Trump and Putin have held talks several times before.