Trump embraces longtime United States foe Putin, doubting own intel

The sellout in Helsinki only adds further credence to this speculation about the true nature of Trump-Putin ties. Senior Republican Senator John McCain said the press conference was "disgraceful" and a "low point" for the United States presidency.

"Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russian Federation accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections", Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Twitter.

His scepticism drew a quick formal statement - nearly a rebuttal - from Mr Trump's director of national intelligence, Dan Coats.

Trump said the summit agenda will include among other things; Russia's involvement in Ukraine, Iranian interference in Syria, and Russian meddling in the USA presidential election.

PIFER: Trump's acceptance of Putin's denial of election-meddling over the considered judgment of the US intelligence community (and the growing number of indictments of individual Russians) is astonishing.

Current and former Trump White House and campaign officials describe the president as obsessed by any suggestion that his elevation to the White House came as anything other than the product of his own hard work.

'It followed more than two hours of one-on-one discussions involving just the U.S. and Russian leaders, with only translators present.

A wave of condemnation immediately followed, with lawmakers calling Trump "weak" and "cowardly" while Senator John McCain said the summit was "a tragic mistake".

The summit comes days after the U.S. indictment of 12 alleged Russian military intelligence agents for sophisticated hacking in the 2016 election. And Trump continues to reject Mueller's probe as a "witch hunt", despite the indictments of Russian hackers and intelligence officials.

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Trump thereby repudiated the records and agendas of the neocons and their liberal interventionist allies, as well as the archipelago of War Party think tanks beavering away inside the Beltway.

"We're not going to be able to mobilize anybody for anything after this unless he shows real toughness toward Russian Federation, which kind of undercuts the whole objective of going over there", said James Jeffrey, a former USA ambassador to Iraq and Turkey and deputy national security adviser under President George W. Bush. "Coming close on the heels of President Trump's bombastic and erratic conduct towards our closest friends and allies in Brussels and Britain, today's press conference marks a recent low point in the history of the American presidency", he said.

"I beat Hillary Clinton easily and frankly we beat her. we won that race and it's a shame that there can be even a little bit of a cloud over it", he said.

The American president said it is a "shame" there is a cloud over his administration, but said he ran a "brilliant campaign and that's why I'm president".

The US and Russian presidents came out of their meeting in Helsinki expressing a desire to talk again on global challenges, after discussing an array of issues from Syria, Ukraine and China to trade tariffs and the size of their nuclear arsenals.

Still, Putin said he had indeed wanted Trump to win the election - a revelation that might have made more headlines if not for Trump's performance - but had taken no action to make it happen. He is right that the committee did not turn its communications system over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as the agency investigated Russian hacking.

Seconds after President Donald Trump's news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin ended Monday, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper called the American leader's performance "disgraceful". "We need to see actions, not words, from Russian Federation in order to keep our relationship moving forward".

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

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