Senior Republican Senator Lindsey Graham describes Trump's Helsinki summit and joint press conference with Putin as a "missed opportunity" to hold Russian Federation accountable for meddling in the 2016 election.
"We both spoke with Bibi (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) and they would like to do certain things with Syria having to do with the safety of Israel", Trump told a joint news conference. "We must make clear that the United States will not tolerate hostile Russian activities".
CBS News' Margaret Brennan reports that Hill, a Putin biographer and former intelligence office, is clear eyed in terms of the current threat Russian Federation poses to the us and was given a prominent position at the summit on Monday by Bolton deliberately.
Later, Putin presented Trump with an official ball of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and wished the American leader success with the organisation of the 2026 FIFA World Cup. "They have no information on Trump", Trump said. He told CBS News past year that he can't get meetings with US officials in D.C. Rep. William Keating said it was impossible to distinguish Trump's words from Russian propaganda.
The New York Democrat says it is "thoughtless, unsafe and weak" for Trump to take Putin's word that Russian Federation didn't meddle in the 2016 US elections.
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"Interference with the domestic affairs of the United States - do you really believe that someone acting from the Russian territory could have influenced the United States and influenced the choice of millions of Americans?"
Once again, Trump criticized the Democrats for an effort to "resist and obstruct" before addressing the major elephant in the room, Russian interference in the elections.
Putin said that issue came up during their private meetings, but Trump did not discuss it during the press conference. Last week, the Senate voted on a nonbinding resolution reaffirming support for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, just as Trump levied fierce attacks against the alliance. Trump seemed to return the favor by waiting until Putin had arrived at the palace before leaving his hotel.
"NATO has, I think, never been stronger".
Coats has maintained an extremely low profile, rarely making public comments, since President Trump appointed him a year ago. The leaders will conclude by taking questions at a joint news conference.
The White House had scheduled 90 minutes for that meeting. The last, between former Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev, was held in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 8, 2010.