Ex-Russia ambassador: Trump's approach is 'blame America first'


From the President on down, we must do everything in our power to protect our democracy by securing future elections from foreign influence and interference, regardless of what Vladimir Putin or any other Russian operative says.

Trump and Putin spent 90 minutes together in private, just days after the U.S. president was urged to cancel the summit.

Trump made the startling claim ahead of his first, high-risk summit with Putin in Helsinki.

Trump "tweeted that America is at fault, blame America first for the tensions in U.S. -Russia relations", McFaul said during an appearance on MSNBC Monday morning.

Standing alongside Putin, Trump steered clear of any confrontation with the Russian, going so far as to question American intelligence and last week's federal indictments that accused 12 Russians of hacking into Democratic email accounts to hurt Hillary Clinton in 2016. "America wants a good relationship with the Russian people but Vladimir Putin and his thugs are responsible for Soviet-style aggression", Sasse said in the statement.

"There are enough of them for us to start paying attention", he said, sitting next to Trump before they shook hands.

'However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we can not exclusively focus on the past - as the world's two largest nuclear powers, we must get along!

"With Trump, you have to keep in mind his ego politics, and he's anxious to get good reviews, especially in comparisons to previous presidents", Hayes said, especially previous Republican presidents.

Instead Trump said, "I don't see any reason why it would be" Russian Federation that hacked the election.

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Mr. Trump added: "Frankly, we have not been getting along for the last number of years". Trump and Putin finally entered the Gothic Hall in the Finnish presidential palace at 2:10 p.m.

"We have a lot of good things to talk about and things to talk about", Trump said sitting alongside Putin.

On Syria, Putin said the conditions were in place for effective co-operation between the U.S. and Russian Federation, whose military intervention in 2015 saved the Assad regime from collapse. Trump said he was happy to pass the ball on to his 12-year-old son Barron.

"If it were me, I'd check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House", Graham said. Putin said before Trump spoke that Moscow never interfered and will never interfere in the American electoral process.

Many in Washington were agog at Trump's decision to sit one-on-one with Putin, a former KGB spymaster, anxious about what he might bargain away after previously cosying up to the autocratic leaders of China and North Korea.

"Well, I think we'll be talking about Syria". "They are another country, they are going to spy on us, do spy on us. I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be".

The event today will also try to warm relations between Russian Federation and the USA since the annexation of Crimea by Russian Federation in 2014. "Part of the reason is, we promised them... when Germany reunified, we promised them we wouldn't go one inch eastward of Germany with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation". Several Senate Democrats wrote to Trump on Saturday to warn him against meeting alone with Putin, to no avail.

Indeed, some domestic critics wanted the Helsinki summit called off entirely after 12 Russian military agents were indicted under a long-running probe into Moscow's alleged manipulation of the 2016 USA elections.