'Disgraceful' and 'tragic': John McCain's excoriation of Trump on Russian Federation, annotated

Chris McGrath  Getty ImagesUS President Donald Trump shows off a World Cup football given to him by Russian President Vladimir Putin

Chris McGrath Getty ImagesUS President Donald Trump shows off a World Cup football given to him by Russian President Vladimir Putin

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.

The summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin kicked off Monday, with Trump beginning by congratulating Russia on hosting a "really great World Cup".

John McCain called Trump's summit "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

"I did something that I suspect President Trump did not do in their meeting".

"No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant".

"Heading to Helsinki, Finland - looking forward to meeting with President Putin tomorrow".

Coats added that Russian Federation remains behind "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

Amid the political bickering, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats stepped in to clarify that the US Intelligence community stands by its assessment that Russian Federation did meddle in the 2016 election and that it (Russia) continues with its "pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

Both DNI and White House staffers were gobsmacked by Trump's comments at the Putin presser, according to many TV news reports in its wake.

Mr. Trump and Putin held a joint press conference Monday afternoon after meeting one-on-one in the Finnish capital. Instead, it sent around word of Trump's interview remarks after Sen.

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"I don't see any reason why it would be" Russia, Trump said.

He cited Putin's "extremely strong and powerful" denials of such interference.

The exchange came shortly after the Russian Federation leader met with President TrumpDonald John TrumpSasse: Trump shouldn't dignify Putin with Helsinki summit Top LGBT group projects message onto Presidential Palace in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit Hillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' MORE in the Finnish capital for a highly anticipated summit. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) called the conference a "missed opportunity" that would "be seen by Russian Federation as a sign of weakness and create far more problems than it solves".

"The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally", said Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. "There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals", said Ryan in a statement.

House Speaker Paul Ryan weighed in to say there's "no question" that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election and "no moral equivalence" between the USA and Russian Federation. And just as alarming for some, Trump also put the two countries on the same footing when casting blame for their strained relations.

"This is shameful", said Senator Jeff Flake, a fellow Republican and staunch critic of the president.

"I think the probe is a disaster for our country", Trump said. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) used similar language, accusing Trump of working to "undermine our institutions, weaken our alliances, & embrace a dictator". "For the president of the United States to side with President Putin against American law enforcement, American defense officials, and American intelligence agencies is thoughtless, dangerous, and weak".

"Why wouldn't special counsel Mueller send us an official request within the framework of this agreement?"

Trump smiled as he showed the ball to the television cameras and said he'd give it to his 12-year-old son Barron, a soccer fan.

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