Trudeau walks fine line with condemnation of Putin, silence on Trump

GETTY Trumpseemed to accept Putin’s denial of election meddling

GETTY Trumpseemed to accept Putin’s denial of election meddling

Addressing a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki after their summit, Trump said that there was "zero collusion" and that he ran a "clean campaign".

"What we're all anxious about coming out of this summit is that Putin is going to feel emboldened", Hampson said.

And in a press conference on Monday with Mr. Putin at his side, Mr. Trump dismissed his own intelligence chiefs' conclusion that Mr. Putin himself oversaw the effort to damage Mr. Trump's Democratic election rival Hillary Clinton. "We haven't seen an American so owned by a Russian since Rocky IV".

Trump has come under fire for seemingly favouring Russian Federation, a U.S. adversary, over North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

Wallah noted meanwhile, that Trump is not annoyed from the current situation, "as he considers that the USA forces who are deployed overseas pose economic burden on Washington".

USA lawmakers criticized Trump for missing a good opportunity to confront Putin on the election meddling.

Earlier on Monday, Trump endorsed Putin's stance on Russia's non-involvement in the 2016 United States presidential election, insisting that he ran a clean campaign.

"Russia is a menacing government that does not share our interests and it does not share our values", he said.

In a lengthy and fiery statement, Senator John McCain of Arizona called the Finland summit a "tragic mistake" and "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in recent memory".

"President Putin says it's not Russian Federation".

Toomey, R-Lehigh Valley, didn't mention Trump by name in his statement but instead attacked Putin.

"If it were me, I'd check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House", hawkish Republican Senator Lyndsey Graham said on Twitter.

Asked by Stephanopoulos whether he believes Putin has compromising information on Trump, Flake said, "I have a hard time believing that".

To make things even worse, the Mueller investigation into Russia's potential collusion with the Trump camp indicted 12 Russian hackers in connection with the breach just days before this meeting.

Kinzinger, an Air Force veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said he stands by the intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election. "All the more as the United States will host the World Cup in 2026".

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