Trump Faces Tidal Wave Of Criticism Over Handling Of Summit With Putin


Standing side-by-side with Vladimir Putin, US President Donald Trump has refused to blame the Russian leader for meddling in the 2016 elections, casting doubt on the findings of his own intelligence agencies and sparking a storm of criticism at home.

"I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today", Trump said. He also attacked his Democratic opponents and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and he said when asked about the election meddling that he held both countries accountable for their state of relations. John Cornyn, had warned the president to be wary of Putin.

The Putin position is that Crimeans voted in a referendum to return to Russian Federation, and this vote should be accepted, just as the Falkland Islanders voted in a referendum to remain part of the UK.

"Russia remains our No. 1 geopolitical adversary", Romney said, adding that Trump's stance "defies reason and history".

While the Trump administration played down prospects for "concrete deliverables" to come out of the meeting, there was some speculation that, following a recent meeting between Putin and Netanyahu, a "grand bargain" between Washington and Moscow on Syria is in the works.

For all that Trump embarrassed himself and the United States before the world, however, he did not quite live up to fears that he would let Putin talk him into agreements or concessions that went against American interests or values.

When asked by CNBC Monday if he was concerned by the pattern of suspicious deaths in the United Kingdom which some say are proof Britain has become a killing ground for the state-sanctioned elimination of enemies of the Russian government, Browder said that he is taking precautions but that there is nothing he can really do to stop a "government-sponsored terrorist attack".

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And unsurprisingly, Russians welcomed Trump's suggestion that he trusts Putin more than US intelligence agencies. "The world hasn't seen a United States president like this in modern times, and as ever in Trump World everyone else will have to adapt".

Mr Trump told the press conference that the USA and Russian Federation must find ways to "co-operate in pursuit of shared interests".

He later added that he would advise Trump to "check the soccer ball" Putin gave him at the press conference "for listening devices and never allow it in the White House".

"That was a big mistake to meet alone", Flake said.

Kaius Niemi, editor-in-chief of Helsingin Sanomat, has said the newspaper wants to remind Trump and Putin about "the importance of free press" and show support for American and Russian journalists facing "ever toughening circumstances" in their respective countries.

Mr Trump has repeatedly denied there was any collaboration between his camp and Russian Federation to try to help him win.

Putin ridiculed as "sheer nonsense" allegations that Russian intelligence agencies had collected compromising information on Trump during his visit to Moscow years before the election, saying that he had no idea Trump was even visiting.

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"It's amusing to recall the nonsense from Obama et al about Russia being a weak "regional power", Alexey Pushkov, a member of the upper house of the Russian parliament, referring to former U.S. President Barack Obama.

"I think that's an incredible offer".

Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who also has not seen eye-to-eye with the president, said the press conference "was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

Afterward, Trump's national intelligence director, Dan Coats, restated the consensus of USA intelligence: "We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security".

Congressman Adam Schiff, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Trump had given Putin "a green light to interfere in 2018".

"The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally". There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals. "The United States must be focused on holding Russian Federation accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy".

The Avenger called it a "disgrace".

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