The top USA intelligence official on Monday stood by what he called "clear" assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election after President Donald Trump cast doubt on that conclusion following a summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
"Your first requests of Vladimir Putin needs to be: "Tell us which airport we can pick up the 25 Russians that tried to interfere with the fundamentals of our democracy, '" Gowdy said on CBS" "Face the Nation". "Shameful. Jaw-dropping. Disgraceful. I am running out of words to describe how despicable it is to see an American President capitulate to a dictator".
Trump came under fire for his performance in the press conference, with critics on both sides of the political aisle slamming his handling of questions about alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.
President Donald Trump defended his intelligence team hours after contradicting their assessment and backing up Russian President Vladimir Putin's claims that he didn't meddle in the presidential election.
"Well, I might. I hadn't thought of that, but, certainly, I will be asking about it", Trump said.
In Helsinki, Putin was asked if he favored Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
The two leaders first meet one on one in the Finnish presidential palace's opulent Gothic Hall, then continue their discussions with an expanded group of aides and over lunch in the Hall of Mirrors, once the emperor's throne room.
With no reference to the Cold War era, the controversial POTUS tweeted: "Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!"
"Frankly, we have not been getting along for the last number of years".
"Creating safety for Israel is something both Putin and I would like to see very much", Trump said.
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Trump said the United States and Russian Federation "have not been getting along well for the last number of years, getting close to two years".
Before he arrived, Trump denounced the USA news media as the "enemy of the people", despite constitutional protections for freedom of the press.
Trump went on to condemn the expansive federal investigation of Russian interference as "a disaster for our country" and "a total witch hunt", arguing that the probe, along with "foolish" America policies, had severely impaired relations between the two countries. Trump leaned forward in his chair, his hands tented in front of him and frequently glanced over at the Russian president.
"My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me, some others, they said they think it's Russia", Trump said at the news conference.
Though U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation intervened in the U.S. election to help Trump's election chances, the president has at times said he believes Putin's denials of involvement. The United States, Canada and Mexico will jointly host the World Cup in 2026, after Qatar in 2022.
European Union President Donald Tusk, hit back against comments and said Trump was guilty of "spreading fake news" with his remark about foes. They met previously on the sidelines of worldwide gatherings in Germany and Vietnam. But I think that we will end up having an extraordinary relationship. "They had bad defenses and they were able to be hacked".
"Russia is a foe in certain respects", he told CBS News.
"Today we are facing a dilemma, whether to play a tough game, such as tariff wars and conflict in places like Ukraine and Syria, or to look for common solutions based on fair rules".
Days before the summit, Coats had spoken publicly of his concerns about cyber threats to USA national security and singled out Russian Federation as the most aggressive foreign actor in that arena.