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Brushing Russia probe aside, Trump, Putin lay groundwork for future talks

17 July 2018

"We've had a phony witch hunt deal drive us apart", he said. We support the pro-Western party.

"I think the probe is a disaster for our country", Trump said.

At the news conference, Trump was invited by reporters to offer any criticism of Russian Federation, but he repeatedly declined.

'I think it was great today, ' he said of his afternoon in Helsinki.

"I don't see any reason why it would be", Trump said.

Putin told Trump at the start of their summit on Monday "the time has come to talk thoroughly about bilateral relations, as well as various hotspots in the world". "It makes us less safe", Biden said. He is wholly in the pocket of Putin.

Asked about the indictments, Mr Putin suggested that Moscow and Washington could jointly conduct the investigation, inviting special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators to come to Russian Federation to interview the 12 people - an idea Mr Trump hailed as an "incredible offer". He then showed clips of reporters criticizing Trump's comments.

At the Helsinki event after their two-hour face-to-face talks, Trump said Putin's denial of meddling in the election was "very powerful".

A post-summit news conference in Helsinki with Trump and Putin was "everything the Kremlin realistically could have hoped for", said Mark Galeotti, a Russian Federation scholar at the Institute of International Relations Prague.

President Trump sits down for an exclusive "Hannity" interview.

Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., said his committee reviewed the US intelligence community's assessment and "found no reason to doubt its conclusion that President Putin ordered an influence campaign aimed at the 2016 USA elections with the goal of undermining faith in our democratic process".

Some at Fox seized on tweeted criticism by former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, who said Trump's performance was near treasonous.

At a press conference following the summit, Trump praised their "direct, open and deeply productive dialogue" and emphasised the need for continued diplomacy over confrontation.

Hundreds of people also marched through the streets of the Finnish capital, demonstrating against Trump and Putin's presence in the country.

But did the Russians get involved in it? Yes.

A detailed indictment Friday against 12 Russian military intelligence officers suggests that Mueller felt he got the information needed to construct the case without the Federal Bureau of Investigation having direct access to DNC equipment.

President Donald Trump arrives in the official state vehicle known as The Beast at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, in Brussels, on July 11, 2018.

Trump's repeated warm words for Russian Federation were a marked contrast from the past week when he repeatedly rebuked traditional US allies at a summit of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and a visit to Britain.

"When the President plays these moral equivalence games, he gives Putin a propaganda win he desperately needs".

Chait suggests that Trump may have been compromised by the KGB, to which Putin once belonged.

She calls the President's position "untenable".

Trump met with Putin on Monday.

"But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake.No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant".

"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".

Mr. Trump talked with Hannity about special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation and said it had driven "a phony wedge - a phony witch hunt rigged deal" between US and Russian Federation.

Just hours after President Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, the Justice Department revealed charges against a Russian citizen for conspiracy against the U.S. "There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals".

Brushing Russia probe aside, Trump, Putin lay groundwork for future talks