Toward the end of the Helsinki press conference, Trump passed up on a chance to say unambiguously whether he believes Putin or US intelligence agencies on the question of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.
President Donald Trump had told CBS News, before today's historic surrender summit with Russian ruler Vladimir Putin, that he did not necessarily agree with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats' warning about Russian cyberattacks on the presidential election.
At a news conference afterward, the American president refused to condemn Putin for Moscow's interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.
"As president I can not make decisions on foreign policy in an effort to appease partisan critics, or the media, or Democrats who want to do nothing but resist and obstruct", Trump said during his gobsmacking presser that shot #TreasonSmmit to the top trending spot on Twitter internationally.
As he has done before, Trump attacked the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian election interference.
Trump also said Putin felt "very strongly" about Russian election interference and said Putin "has an interesting idea".
Trump responded by echoing a bombshell tweet in which he derided his own country's past "foolishness and stupidity" for the state of relations between Russian Federation and the US.
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President Trump questioned Monday whether Russian Federation was behind the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee's emails.
"This is a sad day for America, and for all Western democracies that Putin continues to target", she said.
Putin, for his part, said he and Trump have maintained regular contact through phone calls and meetings at global events but "the time has come to have a thorough discussion on various worldwide problems and sensitive issues".
Democratic Sen. Christopher S. Murphy called Trump's trip to Europe, which included meetings with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, "one giant middle finger from President Trump to his own country. And we get along in Syria too", he said. This was reportedly the first time in history a United States and Russian president have met alone.
"I don't see any reason why it would be [Russia]", Trump added, though "I have confidence in both parties".
"The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors", the Constitution says.
"A person can be in favor of improving relations with Russian Federation, in favor of meeting with Putin, and still think something is not right here", tweeted Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich.
"The American people deserve the truth, & to disregard the legitimacy of our intelligence officials is a disservice to the men & women who serve this country". We have 90 percent of the nuclear and that's not a good thing, it's not a bad thing. "We ran a brilliant campaign, and that's why I am president".
Putin agreed, and said the two had cemented the first steps to restoring an "acceptable level of trust".
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