Comment: Does Putin have something on Trump?

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
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18 July, 2018

"We have discussions on everything from trade to military, to missiles, to nuclear, to China", President Trump said before going into the private meeting in Helsinki, Finland. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. "This is shameful". Senator John McCain called this what it was: "One of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

"The damage inflicted by Pres. Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate", McCain's statement read.

"Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the US-Russia relationship back to normal".

President Trump then blamed the Obama administration and the DNC for allowing hackers to gain access to election data, while Putin fiercely denied Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 election.

Graham quipped that Trump ought to check a soccer ball Putin gave to Trump for listening devices, "and never allow it in the White House".

The harshest criticism came from Sen.

First District Democratic Representative Chellie Pingree says the summit was "shameful", with Trump downplaying Russian attempts to influence USA elections just days after a dozen Russian intelligence agents were indicted for those attempts.

He added, the probe is a disaster for the USA, and there is zero evidence of any collusion.

Standing alongside the man accused of coordinating an interference campaign in the election, Mr Trump defended Mr Putin and called the probe headed up by former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller a "disaster".

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The meeting between the two world leaders comes on the heels of the FBI's indictment of 12 Russian nationals over meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

"We further assess Putin and the Russian government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump".

"I think we're doing really well with Russian Federation as of today". Trump's United States opponents tried, in turn, to gain traction for the sarcastic hashtag lampooning his reluctance to criticise the Kremlin: #BAF (Blame America First). John Brennan, who served as Central Intelligence Agency director between 2013 and January 2017, called the president's comments "treasonous".

- 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".

- Trump and Putin agreed there was no collusion. Republican patriots: "Where are you?"

"Would you now, with the whole world watching, tell President Putin, would you denounce what happened in 2016, and would you warn him to never do it again?" "It was fantastic and very, very disturbing". "He was a rich person, but, well, there's plenty of rich persons in the United States".

At Trump's joint press conference with Putin in Helsinki today, Trump was asked if he holds Russian Federation "accountable for anything in particular". Pingree says the President's comments undercut the intelligence agencies, which he says he supports.

Other Republicans called Trump's remarks "outrageous", "an absolute disgrace", and "moronic".

President Trump, in a stream of vituperative logorrhea reminiscent of Alex Jones or, perhaps more appropriately, some of the most unhinged of his own supporters, rambled through conspiracy theories about the Mueller investigation, allusions to a "Pakistani gentleman" that no one outside of right-wing conspiracy theorists and conspiracy theorist watchers will understand, attacks on Hillary Clinton, and a defense of his electoral college victory.


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