So what does Putin really think of Trump?

So what does Putin really think of Trump?

So what does Putin really think of Trump?

During an extraordinary press briefing after the meeting, the president repeatedly rejected the conclusions of USA intelligence agencies, refusing to condemn Russian Federation for interfering in the 2016 American election. He said Mr Trump's refusal to condemn Russian interference in the 2016 election made the U.S., "look like a pushover".

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts also commented about yesterday's meeting in Finland and agreed with the US intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation tried to interfere with American elections.

Trump said he was not convinced it was Moscow.

That prompted House Speaker Paul Ryan, of the ruling Republican Party, to say that the president "must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally".

Mitt Romney, former Republican presidential nominee, said Trump had acted against America's democratic principles.

Trump said that the meeting was the beginning of a long process, along with a strong dialogue with Russian Federation.

He added that he doesn't "see any reason why" Russia would be behind election meddling and suggested both Russian and the USA are to blame for strained relations.

"My administration will repeal any attempt to interfere in our elections", he said.

Even when critics were more muted, they still rebuffed the equivalence Trump drew between domestic intelligence and Putin's remarks. Sen.

Trump tried on Tuesday to calm a storm over his failure to hold Putin accountable for meddling in the 2016 USA election, saying he misspoke in a joint news conference in Helsinki.

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"A moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation not only defies reason and history, it undermines our national integrity and impairs our global credibility".

Some US politicians had called for the summit to be cancelled after 12 Russian military intelligence agents were indicted last week, accused of hacking Hillary Clinton's election campaign.

But several Republicans who do not typically buck the President raised concerns, shocked by Monday's performance.

Sometimes it feels as though Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are reading from the same script.

His pliable manner at the summit with Russia was a contrast to the combativeness he had displayed towards North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies last week, and Mr Ryan felt the need to issue reassurance that the USA "stands by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and all countries facing Russian aggression".

Expect (nothing) much: To prevent any backlash against a possible failure of the summit, Trump has already shielded Putin and himself by saying that he doesn't expect much from the meeting, while hoping for an "extraordinary relationship".

Taking direct issue with the president who appointed him, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said USA spy agencies have been "clear" and "fact-based" in their assessment that Moscow interfered in the presidential race two years ago - an assessment that Trump refused to endorse in Helsinki.

Former president Barack Obama appeared to allude to his successor in a speech in South Africa on Tuesday, blasting "strongman politics" - without naming Trump.

Republicans have been hesitant to fully confront the President, who remains popular among GOP voters back home.

According to him, the USA investigation into Russian interference is a "disaster" for the United States, Reuters reported.

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