Trump said he has confidence in the USA intelligence community, which has concluded that Russian operatives did try to influence the 2016 election, but instead of backing the intelligence community's conclusions that Russia was involved, the US president said.in the Monday news conference, "I don't see any reason why it would be".
Trump has always been at odds with his own intelligence community, largely clashing over a report released by USA intelligence officials concluding that Putin ordered "an influence campaign" in 2016 aimed at helping the Trump campaign and harming his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
"They said they think it's Russia", Mr. Trump said, explaining that while USA intelligence agencies say Russia meddled, Putin told Trump directly that Russia did not. Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire asked Trump, pointing out that USA intelligence agencies have concluded Russian Federation was behind the hacks.
At a joint appearance in Finland with Vladimir Putin, Trump repeated the Russian leader's denials about involvement in the election. "I came to Washington in the final months of the Reagan administration and I have never seen an American president simply surrender to the leader of Russian Federation".
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He added that Trump had raised the issue of Russian interference in the election, with Trump commenting that he thought "it was best done in person". Asked if Russian Federation was at all to blame for the poor ties, he said: "I hold both countries responsible". "Russia did meddle in 2016 election & are trying it again", Graham tweeted.
"Russia is an authoritarian regime that has attacked our democracy and continues to undermine the security of the United States and our allies", her statement said.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from MA, said Trump embarrassed the US. I will say this.
A Reuters journalist asked Trump about a post on his Twitter account earlier in the day in which he blamed the breakdown in U.S.
The long-awaited summit was overshadowed by the USA president blaming his own country's past "foolishness and stupidity" for the two powers' hostile ties.
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Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called Trump's performance an embarrassment and suggested, without evidence, the Russians may have damaging information about the president. "I don't see any reason why it would be", he replied.
When the world leaders sat down to shake hands and pose for photographs, Trump said he wanted to have a "extraordinary relationship" with Putin going forward.
After Trump concluded his remarks, American reporters shouted several questions about whether he would bring up election meddling during his discussions with Putin.
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