"No collusion": Russian election interference claims overshadow Trump-Putin summit

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Earlier Trump began the meeting with warm words for Putin, seated next to the Russian leader in an ornate presidential palace in Finland, and said it was a longstanding goal of his to improve US-Russian ties.

It was an extraordinary press conference closing out the Trump-Putin summit, in which the American president delivered what amounted to a warm embrace to the man who for years has been isolated by the US and Western allies for Russia's activities in Ukraine, Syria and beyond.

Congressman Adam Schiff, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Trump had given Putin "a green light to interfere in 2018".

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats defended the intelligence community's assessment Russia interfered in the 2016 US election hours after Russian president Vladimir Putin denied his country did any such thing.

"It's clear that Putin is a bad actor and should be treated as an worldwide pariah", Toomey said in the statement.

The White House said the one-on-one sit-down lasted for about two hours before the meetings opened up to a working lunch with the Russian delegation and U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, National Security Advisor John Bolton, and National Security Council Director of Russian Affairs Fiona Hill.

Republican Rep. Justin Amash tweeted of the press conference that someone can be in favor of improved relations with Russian Federation and with Trump meeting Putin "and still think something is not right here". It should always be the goal of USA presidents to improve relations with other countries, especially ones as large and strategically important as Russian Federation.

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., called it "bizarre", Sen.

What could possibly cause President Trump to put the interests of Russian Federation over those of the United States?

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Russian Federation is a foe in certain respects. "We have to start to set them right". "Well, I might", he said. He also argued that Trump is entering the summit with a stronger hand because of the indictments.

Both the United States and Kremlin leaders have furiously denied Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

The leaders touched on issues including tensions on the Korean peninsula and the situation in Syria during their first summit, Putin said at a joint press conference. Ryan said Russian Federation "remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals". Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., called it "shameful" and Sen.

Trump also continued to deny that there had been any other collusion between his campaign and Russians, declaring: "We ran a brilliant campaign and that's why I'm president".

The Wisconsin Republican says the American intelligence community and the House Intelligence Committee agree that Russian Federation interfered in the election.

A lot of people are outraged, and it looks like Anderson Cooper not only is one of them but is also not afraid to say it.

The news conference is being widely described as a disgrace by both Democrats and Republicans.

Trump said he'd give it to his 12-year-old son Barron, a football fan.

Putin told Wallace he was optimistic that he and Trump could forge a better diplomatic relationship after Monday's meeting, and reach consensus on issues like the denuclearization of North Korea and the START treaty, which is set to expire in 2021. John Brennan, who served as Central Intelligence Agency director, called Trump's comments "treasonous".

'Donald Trump's press conference performance in Helsinki rises to and exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes and misdemeanors.' It was nothing short of treasonous. "President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today". John Cornyn of Texas, said sanctions may be preferable to a nonbinding resolution that amounts to "just some messaging exercise".

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