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John McCain blasts Donald Trump over his meeting with Putin

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 John McCain blasts Donald Trump over his meeting with Putin
Steven Clarke | 17 July, 2018, 22:56

The tweeted defence came a day after Trump openly questioned his own intelligence agencies' findings that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 US election to his benefit, and he seemed to accept Putin's insistence that Moscow's hands were clean.

Earlier on Monday, Schumer wondered "What could possibly cause President Trump to put the interests of Russian Federation over those of the United States?" and suggested it was possible "that President Putin holds damaging information over President Trump".

President Donald Trump's apparent denial Monday of Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential elections drew sharp criticism from leaders.

Anderson Cooper has never been one to hold back when it comes to critiquing President Donald Trump. Instead, Trump said that both sides - Washington and Moscow - had "made mistakes".

Wallace said he did what he suspected Trump did not do in the president's private meeting with Putin - show the Russian leader a copy of the indictments handed down last week against a dozen Russian intelligence officials for their actions in the 2016 presidential election. "I don't see any reason why it would be".

The press conference was held just days after the U.S. Justice Department indicted 12 Russian intelligence agents on charges of hacking the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign to aid Trump.

"In the entire history of our country, Americans have never seen a president of the United States support an American adversary the way @realDonaldTrump has supported President Putin", Schumer said.

"President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today", Trump said of his query to Putin on Monday about the issue. He offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people.

"I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship ..."

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Mr Trump laid out a list of topics for discussion that notably did not include Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Senator Jeff Flake called the press conference "shameful" and Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted that it was a "bad day for the US".

Senator Lindsey Graham strongly criticised Mr Trump for failing to deliver a strong warning to Russian Federation. McCain called the press conference "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

Mueller's office has tried to serve summonses on the defendants demanding that they appear in court, but prosecutors say the Office of the Prosecutor General of Russian Federation declined to accept the summonses. The Russian foreign ministry "liked" his words and tweeted back: "We agree".

The White House has not yet responded to a request for comment from Fox News.

During his week in Europe, Trump was combative with traditional US allies - beginning at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, where he chastised European leaders for not spending more on defense.

"The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally", Ryan said, in what was, for the mild-mannered speaker, akin to a reprimand.

Rather than saying "yes" or "no", Putin said he had "heard" about "rumors" of such material "allegedly" gathered when Trump was in Moscow in 2013 for the Miss Universe Pageant. He also said the US investigation into Russian involvement has been a "disaster" that's kept the United States and Russia "separated".

Democrats had much harsher language for the president.

Trump said last week that he would raise the meddling issue again with Putin, but questions have been swirling about whether Trump will sharply and publicly rebuke his Russian counterpart for the interference that prompted a special investigation probe that Trump has repeatedly labeled a "witch hunt".

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