Donald Trump praises 'strong' Vladimir Putin amid outrage over defence of Russian Federation

Vladimir Putin

Donald Trump praises 'strong' Vladimir Putin amid outrage over defence of Russian Federation

Their anti-Trump texts have been used by the president and his allies to paint the investigation as tainted.

The sellout in Helsinki only adds further credence to this speculation about the true nature of Trump-Putin ties.

Republican Senator John McCain described Donald Trump's performance in Helsinki as "disgraceful".

Putin said the U.S. and Russian Federation could collaborate to "establish peace and reconciliation" in Syria, with Trump adding by working together to end the conflict, the United States and Russian Federation could "save hundreds of thousands of lives". "The Russian state has never interfered and is not going to interfere in internal U.S. affairs", he said.

The much-anticipated first formal sit-down between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, concluded with no surprises on Monday evening, while the two leaders vowed to move beyond political friction and find areas of cooperation.

Trump said Putin's denial of meddling in the election was "extremely strong and powerful". The White House has struggled for months to dispel suggestions that Trump was unwilling to stand up to Russian Federation.

If Russian military intelligence hacked into the emails of the DNC, exposing how they stuck it to Bernie Sanders, Trump says he did not collude in it.

It's for that reason that since the 2016 campaign Trump has forcefully rejected any suggestion of Russian support for his candidacy.

Trump continued to undermine the investigation in a series of tweets from Helsinki before the meeting, blaming it for fraying US-Russian relations.

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In general, the Russian leader said, the talks with Mr Trump took place in an "open and businesslike atmosphere" and he characterised them as "successful and useful". The Russian president made an "incredible offer" to allow Russian and United States investigators to work together on allegations of Russian cyber attacks, Mr Trump said.

"Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse", Trump tweeted Monday morning, blaming "many years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!"

"It's a very full interview and I think you get a real insight into Putin's personality", said Wallace.

"I beat Hillary Clinton easily and frankly we beat her... we won that race and it's a shame that there can be even a little bit of a cloud over it", he said. During his breakfast, he said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation had "never been more together" and said the summit had been "a little bit tough at the beginning, but it turned out to be love".

There have been calls in the United States for Mr Trump to cancel the meeting following the indictments of Russian military intelligence agents, which were announced on Friday.

As Jonathan Chait writes in NY magazine, Trump's ties to Russian Federation stretch back to 1987 and include extensive financial connections. "However, I also recognise that in order to build a brighter future, we can not exclusively focus on the past - as the world's two largest nuclear powers, we must get along!"

The entire day surrounding Trump and Putin was tightly choreographed, as high-level presidential summits often are. The Human Rights Campaign placed banners on Finland's Presidential Palace on Sunday which target Putin for the treatment of Chechnya's LGBTQ population, and Greenpeace placed two banners atop the city's Kallio church calling on both leaders to "Warm Our Hearts, Not Our Planet". His proposal to trade access to Russians accused of hacking in return for Russian investigators engaging in investigations of Kremlin critics was "an incredible offer", according to Trump.

With a quick answer from Trump to a shouted question saying he thought his long meeting with Putin was "a good start", the journalists were sent back to their holding area to await the main event. To Russia hawks, even consideration of the proposal pointed to the success of Putin's efforts to shake the foundations of American democracy.

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