Trump's intelligence chief slams president's doubt on Russian Federation meddling

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki Finland Monday

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki Finland Monday

Donald and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a joint press conference after their summit in Helsinki, Finland.

The criticisms come following a press conference in which Trump stated that he had no reason to believe that Russian Federation had interfered with the 2016 presidential election - despite the fact that the findings of United States intelligence found that they had done. Trump and Putin finally entered the Gothic Hall in the Finnish presidential palace at 2:10 p.m. He dismissed it all with a new attack on an old target: the news media. Kasparov said that the press conference was a clear indication Trump and Putin are alike in that neither represent their nations.

"The sad news is propaganda works", he added. Bob Corker of Tennessee. I don't even remember the last names of each and every one of them.

Putin said it was "nonsense" to think Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election. He added: "There are quite a few of them for us to pay attention to". Instead, Putin landed in Helsinki nearly an hour behind schedule leaving Trump waiting to start the drive to their meeting.

Graham was careful to note he did not believe there was any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation but was clear he believed election interference did occur. John Cornyn of Texas, said sanctions may be preferable to a nonbinding resolution that amounts to "just some messaging exercise".

"He knows he gained a lot", said Corker, the retiring senator from Tennessee, who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee.

Putin and President Donald Trump were holding a summit in Helsinki.

U.S. Sen. John McCain slammed Trump following the press conference. And while he denied ordering the election interference, he did, for the first time, acknowledge he had a preference in the 2016 race.

But Trump downplayed the notion that there was much to be gained by pressing Putin on the issue, noting the Russian president had repeatedly denied Kremlin involvement.

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Coats responded hours after Trump, standing alongside Putin in Helsinki, said that "my people" including Coats, "came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russian Federation". He just said it's not Russian Federation.

Mr. Putin said he reiterated to the president, "The Russian state has never interfered and is not going to interfere" in U.S elections.

Trump's own Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats contradicted the president's public comments in a statement after the press conference.

"The role of the Intelligence Community is to provide the best information and fact-based assessments possible for the President and policymakers", Coats said in a statement.

Fellow GOP politicians have generally stuck with Trump during a year and a half of turmoil, but he was assailed as seldom before as he returned home Monday night from what he had hoped would be a proud summit with Putin.

MSNBC let the former Central Intelligence Agency director, now contributor, John Brennan set the tone of the debate, with a tweet declaring Trump's behavior at the press conference "nothing short of treasonous".

Trump is being strongly criticized for his uncritical approach to Russian Federation. "Thank you @RandPaul, you really get it!" Asked about kompromat, Trump said that if it did exist "it would have come out by now".

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". Putin was well aware that Mueller's investigators won't be visiting Russian anytime soon.

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