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Expert analysis of the Trump-Putin meeting

Bennie Garza | 18 July, 2018, 09:46

President Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday, and the two leaders held a odd and stunning press conference at the conclusion of their summit.

"We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security", he said in a statement.

"U.S. -Russia relations remain at a historic low for one simple reason: Vladimir Putin is a committed adversary of the United States".

"We continue to call upon the current administration to counter Russia's political and military actions in Syria, the Middle East, and the Ukraine, and to hold Russian Federation accountable for their attempts to meddle in USA and European elections", Hill said.

Other high-profile Republicans also expressed dismay.

"I never thought I would see the day when our American President would stand on the stage with the Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression". "It's a very sad thing for our country to see this".

Even Trump's sometimes ally Sen.

U.S. Sens. John Boozman, R-Ark., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., also issued statements that didn't mention Trump by name but contradicted the President's assessment of Russian Federation.

The only tangible sign of progress was Putin's gift of a World Cup soccer ball to Trump.

During his joint press conference with Putin in Helsinki, Trump questioned American intelligence agencies and their findings that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election, sharing that Putin "said it's not Russia.I don't see any reason why it would be".

Trump appeared to accept Putin's denial that Russian Federation had anything to do with the attack on the US political system during the 2016 presidential race.

Love spills over: Even the CIA is following their boss' footsteps, when they warned the FSB, the Russian intelligence agency, of an impending terrorist attack in St Petersburg previous year, leading to not just the arrest of seven suspects, but also leading to Putin thank Trump publicly.

"If Trump's spineless toadying to Putin made you think, 'What's Vlad got on him?' you're not the only one", Colbert said.

A wave of condemnation immediately followed, with lawmakers calling Republican Trump "weak" and "cowardly", while Senator John McCain said the summit was "a tragic mistake". "In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't". On Twitter former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan called Trump's behavior "nothing short of treasonous".

Trump failed to push Putin to end his attacks on the elections and defended him "on all fronts", Murray said.

"So now, the formerly purposeless meeting between Trump and Putin had a meaning, right? Republican Patriots: Where are you???" he wrote.

"Haven't presidents been killed in the United States?" "It was awesome and very, very disturbing".

However it was not just Democrats who came out against the President's summit.

Trump again denied any collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin, while Putin insisted: "The Russian state has never interfered and is not planning to interfere in the USA's internal affairs". "The President of the United States today publicly sided with Russian Federation over our own Federal Bureau of Investigation on the subject of cyberattacks on our election campaign".

Donald Trump is facing a storm of criticism in America for his performance in Helsinki.

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in 2016 that Russian Federation was behind an effort to tip the scale of the USA election against Hillary Clinton, with a state-authorised campaign of cyber attacks and fake news stories planted on social media.

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