At their joint press conference, Trump was asked who he believes more, Putin or USA intelligence agencies, and he said he didn't "see any reason why it would be" Russian Federation that interfered in the United States election.
Outcry from American lawmakers in the days leading up to the meeting demanded Trump cancel the meeting, to agree to bring other U.S. officials in the meeting, and to prioritize discussing campaign meddling. "We must not tolerate efforts by Russian Federation or other actors that disrupt our democracy or undermine our interests around the globe".
"I think the United States has been foolish", Trump said, to explain poor U.S. -Russia relationships.
President Donald Trump said that the "phony" Mueller investigation was driving relations between the US and Russian Federation to a new low, but that their meeting had reset relations. Siding with Putin "against American law enforcement, American defense officials, and American intelligence agencies is thoughtless, risky and weak".
House Speaker Paul Ryan weighed in to say there was "no question" Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election and "no moral equivalence" between the USA and Russian Federation.
Trump said of Putin: "He just said it's not Russian Federation". "I think you see for yourself that these efforts failed, and they were never bound to succeed", he said.
The presidents' wives seem to have spent the day together, after which Melania thanked Haukio on Instagram for "good conversation about issues facing our nations."
"I never thought I would see the day when our American President would stand on the stage with the Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression". Putin said. "This is utterly ridiculous".
Facing withering bipartisan criticism over his refusal to publicly acknowledge Russian election meddling during his meeting with President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump says the two superpowers "must get along".
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Finally we saw Trump, who attacked our North American and European allies during and after the G7 and NATO summits, eager to shake hands and pat the back of our adversary. They say the former reality star and relentless tabloid self-promoter believes that any suggestion of Russian interference undermines his victory - and his brand.
"Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!"
The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally.
Fellow GOP politicians have generally stuck with Trump during a year and a half of turmoil, but he was assailed as seldom before as he returned home Monday night from what he had hoped would be a proud summit with Putin.
Former CIA Director John Brennan denounced Trump's performance as "treasonous", and Republican US Senator John McCain called the meeting with Putin a "tragic mistake", although some other Republicans were more cautious.
"[Russia] remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals".
In Helsinki, however, Trump was determined to accentuate the positive, as was Putin.
"I have confidence in both parties", Trump said during the press conference, a response that prompted a rebuke from both sides of the aisle.
Trump "is an interesting conversationalist", Putin said after their several hours of talks.
"I think that's an incredible offer, OK?" "But we need to put constraints on this, we need less histrionics", the source said.