Putin says Trump brought up election meddling

19 July, 2018, 10:18 | Author: Angel Logan
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Addressing a joint press conference with his USA counterpart, Donald Trump, at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Putin said, "As major nuclear powers, we (Russia and the US) bear special responsibility for maintaining worldwide security".

For Mr Putin, it came only three days after the Justice Department announced the indictment of a dozen Russian military intelligence officers on charges related to the hacking of Democratic targets in the 2016 U.S. election.

The pair had opened their long-awaited summit Monday with a wink and slouch, respectively, then talked one on one behind closed doors for two-plus hours before the American leader declared their meeting was off to a "very, very good start for everybody". "And, frankly, many countries owe us a tremendous amount of money for many years back, where they're delinquent, as far as I'm concerned, because the United States has had to pay for them", Trump was quoted as saying during the summit. Lindsey Graham of SC called the summit a "missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russian Federation accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections".

KING: President Trump did sign on to this joint declaration at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit last week, which criticized Russian Federation for its annexation of Crimea.

'The Trump's position about Crimea is known, he adheres to it. First Lady Melania Trump accompanied the president to Helsinki. After Trump concluded his remarks, American reporters shouted several questions about whether he would bring up election meddling during his discussions with Putin.

US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin met in the Finnish capital of Helsinki on Monday. I will say this.

Senator Jeff Flake, a fellow Republican and staunch critic of the president, labels his performance "shameful".

"Nobody is talking about the fact that Putin and Trump are, in effect, using their nuclear weapons for their own geo-strategic interests and threatening humanity with it", he added.

At their meeting in Helsinki on Monday, Trump failed to challenge Putin over the 2016 presidential election, seeming to accept at face value the strongman´s denial that Moscow interfered in a bid to undermine Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Democrats and some members of Trump's own Republican Party have criticized him for accepting at face value Putin's denial that Russian Federation interfered in the vote. Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. And I really think the world wants to see us get along. "Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russian Federation".

"We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling", Coats said in a statement.

Graham quipped that Trump ought to check a soccer ball Putin gave to Trump for listening devices, "and never allow it in the White House".

As he has done before, Trump attacked the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian election interference.

He said Russian Federation has never interfered with and is not going to interfere with U.S. elections.

Some say they are a betrayal, with the commander in chief giving more credence to Putin than USA intelligence agencies, and create a hardship for those who serve and put their lives on the line.

The two presidents have shared personal bonhomie in the past, but beyond the alleged hacking of the USA election, their countries are deeply divided on a host of other issues including Syria and Ukraine.

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