Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

‘Nothing short of treasonous’: Democrats, Republicans dump on Trump after Putin meeting

‘Nothing short of treasonous’: Democrats, Republicans dump on Trump after Putin meeting

The top US intelligence official on Monday offered a robust defense of the intelligence community's assessment of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, after President TrumpDonald John TrumpSasse: Trump shouldn't dignify Putin with Helsinki summit Top LGBT group projects message onto Presidential Palace in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit Hillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' MORE cast doubt on the conclusion during a summit in Helsinki.

Putin made an "incredible offer", Trump said, to let U.S. investigators come to Russia to discuss allegations of election interference with Russian law enforcement.

Trump has always been at odds with his own intelligence community, largely clashing over a report released by US intelligence officials concluding that Putin ordered "an influence campaign" in 2016 aimed at helping the Trump campaign and harming his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

And Putin admitted he had a preference for Trump over Hillary Clinton.

Heiko Maas said: "We can no longer completely rely on the White House".

Seated in Helsinki's ornate Gothic Hall, Putin appeared to slouch in his chair and looked off to the side at times on Monday, avoiding eye contact with Trump at the start of their high-profile talks.

The U.S. president has expressed reluctance to hold Putin to account for Moscow's election meddling and has indicated he accepts the Russian president's denials at face value. Trump wrote on Twitter as he prepared to meet Finland's president, Sauli Niinisto, for breakfast. He said Putin was "extremely strong and powerful in his denial today" - so apparently, that's that.

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As Putin was speaking, Trump alternated between gazing at the Russian leader, occasionally making eye contact, and looking straight ahead as he tapped his fingers slightly and listened. "We are the two great nuclear powers".

The Russian Foreign Ministry rejected last week's indictment as part of a "shameful comedy" they claim has been staged to prevent the normalization of Russia-U.S. ties.

"I've been saying, and I'm sure you've heard over the years, that getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing not a bad thing. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake", he said.

Fox News host Abby Huntsman - whose father, Jon, is the United States ambassador to Russian Federation - also slammed Trump's performance.

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in 2016 that Russian Federation was behind an effort to tip the scale of the USA election against Hillary Clinton, with a state-authorised campaign of cyber attacks and fake news stories planted on social media. Other issues expected to come up include Russian election meddling, Crimea, and Syria. Unfortunately, no matter how well I do at the Summit, if I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russian Federation. over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasn't good enough - that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition! Putin arrived at the presidential palace first, fifteen minutes late, where Trump headed to even later from the Hilton Kalastajantorppa. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate's top Democrat. Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin.

"The president must demand that the 12 Russians named in the indictment be sent to the stand trial", said Sen.

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