Side by side, Trump, Putin stress 'no collusion'

President Donald Trump shakes hand with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the end of the press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki Finland Monday

President Donald Trump shakes hand with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the end of the press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki Finland Monday

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin met behind closed doors for two-plus hours Monday in their long-awaited summit - then addressed the world in an extraordinary news conference.

On Monday, Trump met with Putin for two hours and then, during a 46-minute joint press conference, slammed Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election and declined to criticize Putin for election interference.

Asked if he believed US intelligence agencies, which concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election in an effort to help him defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump said he was not convinced it was Moscow. Yet, when asked today who he believes - Putin or US intelligence officials - Trump said he believed the Russian president when he "strongly" said he was not involved.

He pitched the idea when asked if he would extradite 12 Russian spies accused of hacking Democrats during the campaign to the US where they could face trial.

He then said his director of national intelligence, Dan Coates, "and some others" had told him "they think it is Russian Federation", while Putin denies it.

"They said they think it's Russia", Trump said. House Speaker Paul Ryan, one of Trump's staunchest allies in Congress, said there is "no question that Russian Federation interfered in our election".

The Russian leader said that during his "very successful" one-on-one meeting, Trump placed a special emphasis on maintaining Israel's security.

Top Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY said never in the history of the country has a USA president supported an adversary the way Trump supported Putin.

"Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse", Mr Trump tweeted yesterday, blaming "many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!" I think it's kept us apart. Instead, Trump said that both sides - Washington and Moscow - had "made mistakes".

Putin didn't deny he had something on Trump.

. "It's completely absurd. We didn't know each other, just as [President Trump] said".

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Jerry Moran: "Putin must know that meddling in our elections is not acceptable and that sanctions against Russian Federation will only be lifted if their behavior changes".

'For instance, we can bring up Mr. Browder in this particular case, ' Putin said.

"I hold both countries responsible".

Trump said the American-Russian relationship has "never been worse than it is now, however that changed as of about four hours ago".

"On the world stage in front of the entire globe the president of the United States essentially capitulated and seems intimidated by Vladimir Putin", Clapper told CNN.

He was confident that the United States would not advocate Kiev's interests concerning the conflict in the country's east and economic issues, including gas transit and the use of the Ukrainian gas pipeline system after January 1, 2020.

Trump is being strongly criticized for his uncritical approach to Russian Federation.

The entire US intelligence community determined months ago that Moscow attempted to interfere. It's disgusting-physically sickening-and it shames the United States and our elected Republican representatives who, if they don't act now, are unmistakably complicit.

- Before the press conference started, the secret service removed an accredited journalist from The Nation who was protesting, holding a sign that read, "Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty".

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