Shock moment Donald Trump WINKS at Vladimir Putin before controversial press conference

Cheryl Sanders
July 19, 2018

Mr. Trump seemed to accept Putin's denial of interference, despite the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation did in fact meddle in the 2016 election.

Putin said he told Trump during their talks that "the Russian state never interfered and does not plan to interfere in internal American electoral process".

"Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russian Federation accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections", Graham tweeted. "I don't want to insult President Trump when I say this - and I may come as rude - but before he announced that he will run for presidency, he was of no interest for us". "Dan Coats [the director of national intelligence] came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russian Federation".

The White House has not yet responded to a request for comment from Fox News. So you have some back and forth there within the USA administration.

The Russian leader again denied any interference in the 2016 U.S. election but admitted he wanted Mr Trump to win the vote. Most Republicans said nothing. "The intelligence community has assembled probably an unparalleled amount of evidence in regards to the Russian, not just efforts to interfere in 2016, but ongoing efforts to interfere in American society".

Standing side-by-side with Mr Putin, Mr Trump yesterday refused to blame the Russian leader for meddling in the U.S. 2016 election, casting doubt on the findings of his own intelligence agencies and sparking a storm of criticism at home.

Yet Mr Trump appeared to take Mr Putin's word in dismissing that conclusion. "Yes, I wanted him to win because he spoke of normalization of Russian-U.S. ties", he said at the news conference, acknowledging a preference that is widely suspected in Washington.

Putin said people should be grateful that the Russians and Americans are working together behind the scenes to organize such a summit and that the two leaders agree that terrorism is a greater threat to both nations than appearances show.

"For the President of the United States to side with President Putin against American law enforcement, American defense officials, and American intelligence agencies is thoughtless, dangerous, and weak", Schumer said.

On Friday, a United States special counsel unveiled indictments of 12 Russian spies on charges of hacking Democratic Party computers as part of election meddling, the second set of charges against Russians in a probe that Trump calls a political witch hunt.

Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, part of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said, "For the President to side with Putin over his own intelligence officials and blame the United States for Russia's attack on our democracy is a complete disgrace".

TRUMP on a Democratic National Committee server: "You have groups that are wondering why the Federal Bureau of Investigation never took the server".

With this tension, Tchantouridze says Americans should not be too anxious but he says do keep in mind that most of Russia's intercontinental ballistic missiles target the Northeast, as they see it as a seat of power for the country.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy was blunter: "This entire trip has just been one giant middle finger from President Trump to his own country". Russian Federation is not likely to send the accused to the USA for trial, as the two countries do not have an agreement about surrendering suspects of crimes.

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