Trump and Putin hold joint news conference in Helsinki

Cheryl Sanders
July 17, 2018

But Trump made clear he feels that any firm acknowledgement of Russia's involvement would undermine the legitimacy of his election.

"I have real confidence in my intelligence people, but I must tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial", Trump said. Trump said he was happy to pass the ball on to his 12-year-old son Barron. "North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has, I think, never been stronger", Trump said.

He expressed "confidence" in his team after Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats issued a statement blasting Russia's "pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy" and restating the assessment of Russian Federation meddling.

On Friday, a federal grand jury charged the 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016.

Trump met with Putin Monday in Helsinki.

The two leaders were seated together in a room adorned by American and Russian flags at the Finnish Presidential Palace, separated by a small table.


"The last indictment of Russians involved the so-called troll factories and online bot farms that were causing issues on Twitter", said John Bambenek, vice president at security firm ThreatStop Inc.

Former White House Counsel for President Richard Nixon is well acquainted with Washington scandals and indictments over his many years in politics. In fact, Trump welcomed a surprise offer by Putin to help in the investigation. Republican Patriots: "Where are you-?"

Putin called the meeting part of "continued constant contacts" between the men. "I think the DNC should be ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked".

US President Donald Trump on Monday said Russian Federation and US had not been getting along for the past few years but the two countries had "great opportunities". He added that it's a hard period in the U.S. It followed more than two hours of one-on-one discussions involving just the US and Russian leaders, with only translators present.

Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin held a historic summit on Monday vowing their determination to forge a reset of troubled relations between the world's greatest nuclear powers.

On the topic, Putin emphatically stated, "The Russian state has not interfered and will not interfere in USA internal affairs". Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, tweeted, "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".


"Our relationship with Russian Federation has never been worse thanks to many years of United States foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!" he said on Twitter.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.

In a news conference following the summit, Trump said they had discussed trade, terrorism and the allegations against Russian Federation. However, "that changed", he said, "as of about four hours ago".

That assertion that Trump is powerless to hold Putin accountable on election interference raises an important question: How, then, does he plan to hold Putin accountable on Ukraine or Syria? "I did it. You got me,"' said Trump, invoking a television detective. "Isn't it natural to feel sympathy to a person who wanted to develop relations with our country?"

Rosenstein also risked angering Russian President Vladimir Putin by claiming his country's GRU - equivalent to the Central Intelligence Agency - then spread the stolen documents online.


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