Putin summit brings end to frosty US-Russia relations

US Pres. Trump: Spent a great deal of time talking about alleged Russian interference in 2016 election

Trump says he believes Putin, not US intelligence committee, on election hacking

Donald Trump, standing alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin, has declared he can not see any reason to believe Moscow meddled in the election that led to him becoming US president in 2016.

Trump resisted when asked Monday to condemn Russian meddling in the election.

President Trump then blamed the Obama administration and the DNC for allowing hackers to gain access to election data, while Putin fiercely denied Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 election. But Trump did not strongly condemn the interference efforts, which USA intelligence agencies insist did occur, including hacking of Democratic emails, the subject of last week's indictment of 12 Russians.

"The president is putting himself over our country", Schumer said, adding Trump should have taken the 12 indictments of Russian intelligence officers to the summit and "demanded justice".

Putin said discussion topics included arms treaties, counterterrorism, cybersecurity, Syria, North Korea, Russia's opposition to the US withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, and joint business investment opportunities.

Trump thought Putin had an "interesting idea" when he proposed a joint investigation Russian meddling.

Presidents Putin and Trump held their much anticipated meeting here Monday-but only after Putin, who is often late to meetings with other world leaders, made Trump wait nearly an hour for him to arrive from Russian Federation. I think that the probe is a disaster for our country.

"I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship ..." It's kept us separated", Trump said."There was no collusion, at all. The most peculiar aspect of Trump's behavior, as Isaac Chotiner of Slate suggests, is his deference to Putin.

"It is clear Russia's intentions", he said. "I want to know where is the server and what is the server saying?"

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But Putin said Monday that he favored Trump in the election.

Putin said that he would look into the matter and promised nothing.

As criticism mounted, Trump tweeted from Air Force One on his way home from Finland that he had "GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people".

He brought up William Browder, a financier who crusaded for the Magnitsky Act, which slaps sanctions on Russians, following the death in prison of his lawyer Sergei Magnitsky after uncovering an alleged ponzi scheme. "The United States is not to blame". He blamed part of the bad relationships not on Putin's invasion of Crimea, his interference in Ukraine, his downing of a civilian Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, his multiple poisoning attacks in the United Kingdom, his gross human rights record, or his abuses of the press and crackdowns on political dissident...but on the Mueller investigation. "I'm here for a very short period of time".

In a weekend interview with CBS News, Trump admitted that Russian Federation remains a foe, but he put Moscow on a par with China and the European Union as economic and diplomatic rivals.

"Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

Trump was also quickly rebuked by some of his most dependable media allies.

Anderson Cooper has never been one to hold back when it comes to critiquing President Donald Trump.

Putin appeared to poke at the sensitive subject Monday when he responded to a question about meddling by asking, "Do you believe United States is a democracy?"

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