Putin denies election attack but justifies DNC hack because 'it is true'

"I have confidence in both parties", Trump said during the press conference, a response that prompted a rebuke from both sides of the aisle. "I think that the probe is a disaster for our country", Trump said, arguing that the investigation had harmed U.S. -Russia relations.

"Why wouldn't Robert Mueller send us an official request [regarding the indictments]?" he asked.

There is a consensus that "Putin is not right, Trump is wrong, we believe our institutions, we trust in our democracy, Russian Federation did interfere, we will not trade facts for feelings of legitimacy, we will not trade our conscious for conspiracy", Cuomo said, and with so many Americans of all political stripes getting outraged, "Trump's luck ran out". "And I'm grateful to Donald for it".

"However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future", he added, "we can not exclusively focus on the past - as the world's two largest nuclear powers, we must get along!"

"Well, first of all, all of us have plenty of political rivals", Putin responded.

President Vladimir Putin says that Moscow and Washington could jointly conduct criminal investigations into Russian intelligence officials accused of hacking during the 2016 US election campaign.

The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally.

Trump's comments on Monday are fueling questions about whether Coats should continue to serve in his current role as DNI.

US Senator Charles Schumer was also miffed by Trump's comments.

Trump's performance in Helsinki raised the ire of a number of republicans from both houses of Congress. It gave no further details.

Relations between Washington and Moscow have been at their lowest point in the post-Cold War era and Trump had touted the summit as a chance to reduce tensions.

"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.

The Russian foreign ministry "liked" his words and tweeted back: "We agree".

Asked whether Russian Federation was responsible at all, Trump said "we're all to blame" for the soured relations. ".But I think we will have an extraordinary relationship".

Since then, the evidence of Russian interference has become stronger. "I think he can bring up that we are annoyed, that we don't like, that we want them to cease and desist on interfering our elections".

The summit caps a trip overseas during which Trump accused North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies of failing to spend enough on their militaries and embarrassed British Prime Minister Theresa May by saying she refused to take his advice about how to negotiate Britain's exit from the EU. "He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world", McCain added.

Pfeiffer was also asked if Coats could still competently do his job given that the President remains steadfast in his own conclusions about Russia's election interference despite repeated warnings from his top intelligence official.

Cancer-stricken Senator John McCain, a Republican stalwart often at odds with Mr Trump, said in a statement: "The damage inflicted by President Trump's naivete, egotism, false equivalence and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate".

And just a couple of minutes ago, he was talking about the fact that he really supports USA intelligence agencies, but that he again has this equation with Russian Federation, who's denying that they had anything to do with this election interference.

Mr Trump also appeared to embrace Mr Putin's offer to have Russian investigators work together with U.S. prosecutors on the case of the 12 just indicted.

After Trump complimented the Russian leader, O'Reilly called out Putin. He referred to the European Union as a "foe" in trade and repeatedly criticized it. But he also said that Putin firmly denied the allegation and that he saw no reason why Russian Federation would interfere in the race.

"We have maintained regular contact. The first clear effect can only be that we need to align ourselves even more closely in Europe".

  • Rogelio Becker