Arizona reacts to President Trump and Putin's summit

Arizona reacts to President Trump and Putin's summit

In the joint news conference on Monday that followed a day of discussions between the two leaders in Helsinki, Finland, Mr. Trump stood next to Putin and defended him in the face of the conclusion by all the USA intelligence agencies that the Russian government directed cyberattacks on the Democratic Party and on the campaign of its 2016 nominee, Hillary Clinton.

Mr. Putin was speaking shortly after his summit with Mr. Trump in Helsinki, Finland, where the question of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race loomed large.

It's become painfully hard to track exactly where we're at with the investigation into possible interference in the 2016 USA election by Russian Federation, given that something insane seems to happen every single day. "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", said Mr. Trump.

Trump also appeared to embrace Putin's offer to have Russian investigators work together with USA prosecutors on the case of the 12 just indicted. "He places his trust in a former KGB thug over his own hand-picked Director of National Intelligence and blames the US for poor relations with Russian Federation".

Trump's combative stance toward the alliance stirred speculation ahead of his meeting with Putin, as the alliance works to defend Baltic states bordering Russian Federation. "And I think the word "competitor" is a compliment", Trump said, stressing that he prefers diplomacy and engagement to conflict and hostility. That U.S. investigation, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, unveiled an indictment Friday against 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking Democratic emails during the 2016 campaign.

Hannity airs weeknights at 9 on Fox News. Putin subsequently reiterated that Russian Federation had no ability to actually influence votes, and that the real issue at hand was the fact that the content of the emails revealed the DNC officials were biased towards Clinton. Lindsey Graham of SC called the summit a "missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russian Federation accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections". "I had heard about that we had allegedly collected compromising materials on Mr. Trump when he came to Moscow".

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Wallace interviewed Putin right after his two-hour summit with President Trump in Helsinki.

A White House official told The Washington Post that they had prepared for Trump to publicly "push" Putin and make himself "look good" in the process.

Mr Gingrich called the president's comments "the most serious mistake of his presidency" while Mr Corker said the remarks made the USA "look like a pushover".

Former CIA chief John Brennan suggested Trump should be removed from office: "Donald Trump's press conference performance in Helsinki rises to and exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes and misdemeanours.' It was nothing short of treasonous".

The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam B. Schiff of California, urged the GOP to "take off the blinders".

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