The entire United States intelligence community has concluded that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election but Mr Putin has vehemently denied the allegations. Such work could be conducted by a joint Russian-US cybersecurity group, the idea of which was floated by Putin during his last meeting with Trump in Hamburg. I think the USA has been foolish.
"Many countries are not paying what they should". Instead, he complained about a Democratic National Committee computer server and emails belonging to Hillary Clinton, the Democrat he defeated to win the presidency.
Trump repeated that there was "no collusion" with his campaign and the Russians.
Mr Putin said he and Mr Trump have maintained regular contact through phone calls and meetings at global events, but "the time has come to have a thorough discussion on various worldwide problems and sensitive issues". He nodded along to some of Trump's remarks before they were translated, showcasing his fluency in English. "President Trump has just mentioned that we've successfully concluded the football World Cup". Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin.
With that, the leaders gave a quick handshake and their private meeting in the opulent Gothic Hall was under way. With only two translators present, the presidents held their one-on-one meeting as the world anxiously waited to see what might come out of their discussions.
Trump says getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing, but should the U.S. try to just get along with a leader who has a history of tyrannical abuses of power?
Trump says he has 'low expectations' for Helsinki summit with Putin
Something could be started in Helsinki that would lead to fruitful results later, he said. "I hadn't thought of that", Trump said. Trump added the European Union has "really taken advantage of us on trade" though this "does not mean that they are bad".
"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. "On the world stage. the president of the United States essentially capitulated and seemed intimidated by Vladimir Putin", Clapper told CNN.
John Brennan, who served as Central Intelligence Agency director between 2013 and January 2017, called the president's comments "treasonous".
In a series of tweets after the press conference, South Carolina Republican Sen.
"Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory", McCain said in the statement.
Back home, Trump's performance was condemned from both sides of the aisle.
Abby Huntsman, a Fox News reporter and daughter of U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, excoriated Trump in a tweet, saying "no negotiation is worth throwing your own people and country under the bus".
"As to who is to be believed and to who is not to be believed, you can trust no one if you take it like this", he said.
Graham called the conference a "missed opportunity".