Trump labelled ‘weak’ after questioning United States intelligence on election meddling

Vladimir Putin

Helsinki showed that Trump meant what he said when he declared repeatedly, "Peace with Russian Federation is a good thing, not a bad thing". "The United States must stand from a position of strength in our relationship with Russian Federation and in defense of our allies and shared values", Risch replied via email to several questions from the Statesman about Trump's and Putin's remarks.

"Yes, I did", Putin said.

"However, I also recognize 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".

Prime Minister Theresa May's government has accused Russia's government of being involved in both poisoning incidents. And Trump continues to reject Mueller's probe as a "witch hunt", despite the indictments of Russian hackers and intelligence officials.

When asked about Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election, which 12 Russian military officers were indicted over on Friday, Mr Trump said: "President Putin just said it's not Russia".

Even close allies of Trump said they were shocked and concerned by Trump's stance at the summit. "I have covered this president since the moment he was sworn in and have never been at a press conference like this one".

"There is no debate inside the US intelligence community that Russian Federation tried to disrupt and hack the American election in 2016, but in a way more fundamentally what they're doing today and planning to do in the future, is continue to sow the seeds of distrust and undermine American public confidence", Sasse said.

Team Trump has denied allegations that they were in any way connected to the alleged hacking or interference.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, who rarely criticises Mr Trump, stressed there was "no question" that Russian Federation had interfered.

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Even the USA, which guarantees freedom of press under the First Amendment, was only ranked 45th in the index, down two spots from past year.

Trump also said the leaders would discuss reducing their nuclear arsenals, telling reporters: 'We are the two great nuclear powers. "Trump dropped a bombshell on the crowd when he said, "[Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coats came to me, and some others.

Coats' statement was seen as an uncommonly brusque pushback by the United States intelligence community against the White House. "There is no question that Russian Federation interfered in our election".

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

"Shameful, disgraceful, treasonous - those are some of the descriptions of what President Trump did today in Helsinki", Fox's Shepard Smith said to open his news show. "If the Russians didn't write Trump's talking points, how could you tell?" a former intelligence agency chief remarked to Rick Wilson at the Daily Beast.

"That was a clean campaign, I beat Hillary Clinton easily", he said at another.

Yet Trump appeared to take Putin's word in dismissing that conclusion.

Trump is holding a joint press conference with Putin after the two met one-on-one for about two hours.

While Paul Ryan, the top Republican in the US House of Representatives, called on Trump to accept that Russian Federation is not an ally of the United States and must be held accountable for meddling in the 2016 election.

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