Election Interference Takes Center Stage At Trump-Putin Press Conference

Election Interference Takes Center Stage At Trump-Putin Press Conference

The Republican firebrand sided with the Kremlin and seemed to accept Putin's denial of USA election meddling during a joint press conference on Monday.

In this case, Trump sided with his Russian counterpart by openly questioning his own intelligence agencies' findings that Moscow was behind the 2016 USA elections.

They said they think it's Russian Federation; I have President Putin, he just said it's not Russian Federation. "One of the early things he said when we started was: 'It's really a shame, because we could do so much good.' And they drove a phony wedge".

Representative Steve Womack said he was "disappointed" that Trump "downplayed the very real threat Russian Federation poses to our country and our values".

Coats, a former IN senator, said his team has "been clear IN our assessments of Russian meddling" after Trump said he takes Putin at his "strong" words denying attempts to interfere IN the 2016 election.

After a one-on-one meeting during which Trump and Putin met privately with only their translators present and a working lunch, the two leaders reemerged to take questions from the press.

"Anyone who just believes President Putin given his record is someone who you could probably sell the Brooklyn Bridge to", Provizer said.

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"I think immediately the Senate ought to pass a resolution stating our support of the [U.S.] intelligence community and that we do believe them", Flake said. House Speaker Paul Ryan says there's "no question" that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election and continues to try undermine democracy in the United States and around the world. I have President Putin.

Trump's words come just several days after 12 Russian intelligence officers were indicted on charges related to the hacking of the Democratic National Committee as part of Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election interference.

Trump also held a private meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which may have contributed to the two countries' different understandings of their summit's outcome.

Days before the summit, Coats had spoken publicly of his concerns about cyber threats to US national security and singled out Russian Federation as the most aggressive foreign actor in that arena.

However, before the summit began, Mr Trump blamed his own country for the deterioration in relations.

"Have you forgotten about - well, has Kennedy been killed in Russian Federation or in the United States?"

"It's clear that Putin is a bad actor and should be treated as an global pariah", Toomey said in the statement. "It's just wrong", Fox News Channel's Neil Cavuto said during a broadcast.

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