Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Apparent protester removed ahead of Trump-Putin conference

Apparent protester removed ahead of Trump-Putin conference

Trump has since been criticised by USA government officials for not holding Russian Federation accountable for meddling in the United States election.

The final question of the press conference asked Vladimir Putin whether Russian Federation had compromising material on Donald Trump.

To cap off a week of global "diplomacy" (we use the word loosely), Donald Trump traveled to Helsinki, Finland to meet with Russian President (and election hacker/former KGB agent) Vladimir Putin to discuss...

Putin said he told Trump during their talks that "the Russian state never interfered and does not plan to interfere in internal American electoral process". Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who despite his GOP credentials has been a Trump critic. "I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be".

"It is clear Russia's intentions", he said.

Trump's press conference with Putin was the first between a U.S. and Russian president in almost a decade.

Democrats had much harsher language for the president. House Speaker Paul Ryan, one of Trump's staunchest allies in Congress, said there is "no question that Russian Federation interfered in our election".

"President Trump is flat out wrong to blame the United States and take the word of a foreign adversary over the findings of his own intelligence experts and the House Intelligence Committee".

President Trump had previously said that he was going into the meeting with "low expectations".

Trump blames US 'stupidity' for bad Russia relations ahead of Putin summit
US President Donald Trump is in the Finnish capital Helsinki , ahead of his summit with his Russian President Vladimir Putin . Niinistö also called attention to the importance of establishing and fostering a dialogue between the two heads of state.

"No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant".

Democratic California Representative Jimmy Gomez accused Trump of continuing to "sell out" his own country to Russian Federation.

Putin also pushed back against claims that his government interfered in the US election. "All Americans should be anxious".

Trump thanked the Russian leader and tried to throw the red and white ball to his wife.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy was even more direct in his criticism.

"Our expectations are grounded in realism, but our hopes are grounded in America's desire for friendship, cooperation and peace", Trump said. Trump wrote on Twitter.

And challenged directly about whether he would, "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", Trump flat-out refused.

The US and Russian leaders came out of their meeting in Helsinki expressing a desire to cooperate on global challenges, after talks on an array of issues from Syria, Ukraine and China to trade tariffs and the size of their nuclear arsenals.

James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence from 2010 to 2017, called Trump's performance "an incredible capitulation".

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