Putin thanks Finnish leadership for opportunity to meet Trump

Trump slams Germany over Russian gas pipeline calling it ‘a horrible mistake

They had a private, apparently unrecorded conversation, and then gave a joint press conference. Trump repeatedly expressed optimism the talks would yield positive results.

Jeff Flake is another personality who slammed Trump for saying that the USA was also to "blame" for the tensions between the two countries.

The president's critics pointed to Trump's refusal to publicly criticise Putin, who again denied that the "Russian state" interfered in the U.S. election and seemed puzzled by why the question kept coming up.

Standing alongside the Kremlin boss at a joint news conference, Trump acknowledged that his intelligence chiefs believe Russian Federation hacked and leaked Democrats' emails containing politically damaging information about his rival Hillary Clinton in 2016. On Friday, the Department of Justice announced indictments against 12 officers in Putin's intelligence services and accused them of involvement in the campaign cyberattacks.

The response came after Trump declined to endorse the United States intelligence community's finding that the Russians. interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. Putin has been late for past meetings with the pope and British queen, among many others. The pair stood next to each other for photos before sitting in adjacent chairs. He nodded along to some of Trump's remarks before they were translated, showcasing his fluency in English.

But Trump, convinced his unique brand of diplomacy can win over Putin, pressed ahead and looked forward to "having an extraordinary relationship" as the pair sat down to discuss global hotspots. He declared, "The time has come to talk in a substantive way".

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.

Bombarded with questions about Russian meddling, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin laid it all out about where US-Russia relations are going, and also did some symbolic ball-passing.

Trump has vehemently denied anyone in his orbit colluded with the Russians.

Even for Trump's high-drama, tweet-driven presidency, this was the most heavily criticised trip overseas of his 18 months in office. He said Putin wanted Clinton to win because of his toughness on Russian Federation. "When I won it became a big deal and the Rigged Witch Hunt headed by Strzok!"

Top Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY, says never in the history of the country has a USA president supported an adversary the way Trump supported Putin.

"We have offered [the US] to consider building the philosophy of bilateral relations for the long term", Putin said.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the minority leader, says never in the history of the country has a president supported an American adversary the way Trump supported Putin. This year, Russian Federation hosted the quadrennial soccer tournament, which France won on Sunday.

"What are you thinking?"

If Putin does not have something on Trump, "what the heck could it be?" the New York Democrat said, echoing Pelosi. The United States is not to blame. "They were really spectacular games, but it was beautifully done, so congratulations on that".

After all, there was little love lost between Putin and Trump's opponent, former Secretary of State Clinton, who had grown increasingly critical of his government's actions in Ukraine and Syria. "We do host it, and we hope we do as good a job".

Corker said Trump seems to care more "about how a leader treats him personally" than pushing back against Russia's meddling in the election.

Trump's comments flew in the face of the USA intelligence community's findings in January 2017 that the Russian government mounted an elaborate, multifaceted campaign aimed at elevating Trump to the presidency.

Why did Trump meet 1 on 1 with Putin? "I don't even remember their last names", he said, denying that Russian Federation spied on them. We have 90 percent of the nuclear [weapons], and that's not a good thing.

"I wasn't doing a protest", Husseini said in an AP interview. "I think we have all been foolish". It's a negative force. "Just throw this rubbish out of your head", Putin stated.

"(The) posture of President Trump on Crimea is well-known, and he stands firmly by it", Putin said. First and most importantly is that it's bad for the hugely powerful American executive branch to be even partially in league with a man like Putin - a merciless authoritarian who is building an alliance of reactionary plutocrats.

Reporters were ushered out of the room after the pair of presidents made their opening remarks. He was very unhappy with Russian Federation supplying gas to Germany, but his anger seemed to be directed not at Russian Federation, but at Germany - once again, an interesting position for a US president to be in.

This was not the first time we had seen Trump's blame-America-first impulse kick in where Putin is concerned. After those meetings, the American and Russian groups participated in a working lunch with both presidents.

The historic meeting of the leaders anxious European officials fearful the two were united in opposing their interests.

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