'Russia is not our friend': Arkansas lawmakers comment on Trump-Putin meeting

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak to the media during a joint press conference after their summit on Monday in Helsinki

'Russia is not our friend': Arkansas lawmakers comment on Trump-Putin meeting

The top US intelligence official on Monday stood by what he called "clear" assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election after President Donald Trump cast doubt on that conclusion following a summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

During a joint news conference with Putin after their private meeting, Trump hedged on whether he agrees with the USA intelligence community on its conclusion that the Russian government interfered with the 2016 presidential election.

"There is general agreement in our intelligence community, really on both sides of the aisle, that there was major Russian interference with our elections, and he kind of shrugs it like well, Putin doesn't think that really happens", says Pingree.

"President Trump hasn't been that masterful handling worldwide issues either, but in his way, he's trying to do something about the number of things, whether he's successful, I hope he's successful and I think all Americans will support him if he's successful", Tchantouridze said. "I'm pretty sure President Trump has plenty of political rivals", Putin said. "I think we're all to blame", the president, standing next to Putin, said during the news conference.

Mr Ryan, the top Republican in the House of Representatives, has previously been reluctant to criticise the USA president but is among many who have been angered by Mr Trump's claim that the US' "foolishness and stupidity" is to blame for its poor relations with Russian Federation.

Gladysh says he wasn't surprised Trump didn't use the summit to call out Putin for meddling with the U.S elections. He said it as strong as you can say it.

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The couple then headed on to the Trump Turnberry resort near Girvan for the final part of their four-day visit to the UK. Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams stated that officers were committed to tracing the person who flew the aircraft.

The president's statements also set off a firestorm in Washington, stoking criticism from prominent members of Trump's own party.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly branded the Mueller probe a "witch-hunt". Putin subsequently reiterated that Russian Federation had no ability to actually influence votes, and that the real issue at hand was the fact that the content of the emails revealed the DNC officials were biased towards Clinton.

"Of course, numerous problems remain, and we could not clear all the debris", said Putin. In that case, he should not object to the hackers recently indicted being brought to justice.

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during their one-to-one meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. "Sure, on the one hand, Russian Federation messed with the United States by meddling in the elections, but on the other hand, America held elections, so they were asking for it". "We should be prepared to stand up to Russia's efforts to harm our country and undermine its institutions".

Senator Tom Cotton released a statement, saying the reason the relationship between the United States and Russian Federation "remains at a historic low" is that "Vladimir Putin is a committed adversary of the United States".

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