Donald Trump met one-on-one with Vladimir Putin behind closed doors Monday in a long-awaited summit overshadowed by the USA president blaming his own country's past "foolishness and stupidity" for the two powers' hostile ties.
He spoke despite 12 Russians being indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller Friday over claims they hacked Democrat computers and spread damaging material about the party ahead of the 2016 election.
US President Donald Trump has defended Russian Federation over claims of interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The daughter of the United States ambassador to Russia on Monday slammed President Donald Trump over his handling of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump said, as he has countless times, that there was "no collusion" between his campaign and the Russians. Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin.
Jeff Flake is another personality who slammed Trump for saying that the USA was also to "blame" for the tensions between the two countries.
Had a very good meeting with Putin, more in the offing
McConnell's words came just minutes before President Donald Trump was expected to speak about the Helsinki summit on Monday. You know what? I believe our intelligence agencies.
At the news conference, Putin was asked whether his government had compromising information on the US president - a reference to the so-called Steele dossier that contains unverified salacious information about one of Trump's visits to the country as a businessman.
The entire US intelligence community determined months ago that Moscow attempted to interfere.
After a stormy North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels last week, Trump was accused by critics of prioritising his ties to Putin over the transatlantic alliance. In his opening remarks, Trump praised Russia's hosting of the World Cup, but admitted Moscow and Washington have not been getting along for the past two years. "Vladimir Putin isn't a friend to the United States, to the Western world or our values".
Putin noted that Russia would expect the U.S.to return the favor and cooperate in the Russian probe against William Browder, a British investor charged in financial crimes in Russia.
The president did not elaborate on Putin's idea.
President Trump kicked off his historic summit with his Russian counterpart on Monday by predicting their two countries "will end up having an extraordinary relationship".