Trump Reverses Summit Remarks, Saying Russia Meddled in Election

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump attend a meeting in Helsinki

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump attend a meeting in Helsinki

"Mr. President, the answers to these questions are of critical importance to USA national security".

"I've said this many times", Trump said. Putin, as always, denied all.

The state news agency RIA-Novosti quoted a political analyst who believed Putin appeared to be the stronger of the two leaders. Trump first questioned why the Federal Bureau of Investigation never directly reviewed Democratic National Committee servers - which USA officials said were hacked by Russian intelligence officers. That trip takes place in three weeks, a spokesman for Paul said Tuesday.

He then veered from his script to hedge on who was responsible for the election interference: "It could be other people also".

U.S. President DonaldTrump speaks during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin (not in the picture) in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018.

A screenshot of Russia's Channel One news.

His response echoed Mr Trump's stance on the Mueller probe, which is digging into possible collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and Moscow.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters that Russian Federation was not a friend of the United States and warned against a repeat of the 2016 election meddling. He called it "nonsense" and insisted the Russian state had never interfered and would never interfere in the American electoral process.

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The two-page Democratic proposal summarized Ryan's points and said the House "expresses its agreement" with them. In 2012, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Russian Federation was "without question our No.1 geopolitical foe" and his predecessor John McCain said as recently as a year ago that Russian Federation was the "premier and most important threat" to the United States.

"I think that Russian Federation is his friend and [he] only cares about collusion because he's so uncertain about his own victory", she added.

He also said that he and Putin had talked about a wide range of issues such as Syria, Iran, Israel, and the reduction of nuclear weapons throughout the world. "They're all trying to figure out what their next steps are", she added.

Their opening one-on-one session had been scheduled to run 90 minutes.

"The European countries are our friends, and the Russians are not", McConnell said. The White House wouldn't immediately confirm the timing. Trump, who repeatedly praised and deferred to Putin, was criticised by foreign policy and national security veterans as weak, an insult that is particularly galling to him. They met in private, with only translators present, but Schumer referred to notes that were taken in debriefings of the meeting. But Monday's session was condemned in advance by members of Congress from both parties after the US indictment last week of 12 Russian military intelligence officers accused of hacking Democrats in the 2016 election to help Trump's presidential campaign.

The mistake came in the last sentence.

The channel's report gave clear precedence to Putin, running lengthy excerpts of his comments, with fewer, shorter soundbites from Trump. It was the first vote testing how Congress will react to Trump's remarks.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona was most outspoken, declaring that Trump made a "conscious choice to defend a tyrant" and achieved "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory". After Trump concluded his remarks, American reporters shouted several questions about whether he would bring up election meddling during his discussions with Putin.

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