Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Trump says he raised election interference with Putin at summit


Donald Trump indicated on Monday that he accepted Vladimir Putin's denial of meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election over the findings of his own intelligence agencies, during an extraordinary press conference with the Russian leader in Helsinki. "I think it's kept us apart, it's kept us separated", he said, adding that the investigation was having a "negative impact" between Russian Federation and the United States. I will say this.

On Morning Joe this morning, Joe Scarborough wondered if, in addition to the Russian Foreign Ministry, Trump's Blame America tweet was liked by Sean Hannity, InfoWars, and "the other people who have been useful idiots for Vladimir Putin". Putin and Trump had fiery responses to questions over Russia's alleged role in the election in a press conference following their summit.

Asked by the network whether he would ask Putin to hand over 12 Russians indicted for suspected interference in the 2016 general election, the USA president said he might. "We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security", Coats said in a statement.

When asked by a reporter if the Russian government had any salacious or damning information about President Trump, Putin laughed.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Ms James said: 'The body language between these two men was so emphatically frosty on the way into their meeting that a political conspiracy theorist could argue that it was all staged like a pre-match prizefighters weigh in to add drama to any rapport signals once they come out. We have 90 percent of the nuclear and that's not a good thing, it's not a bad thing. "Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin", the former Central Intelligence Agency head continued. The Russians said it lasted two hours and 10 minutes. With only two translators present, the presidents held their one-on-one meeting as the world anxiously waited to see what might come out of their discussions. I think we have great opportunities together. Trump said he and Putin "spent a great deal of time" discussing allegations of Russian election meddling as they met for several hours Monday. We will be talking a little bit about China, our mutual friend, President Xi (Jinping). It's a negative force. How Trump and Putin might address these issues is uncertain. While President Trump spoke for some time and Putin stayed largely quiet, the body language between the two presidents illustrated their respective styles going into the meeting.

Accused U.S. spy Edward Snowden, a former government contractor who stole thousands of National Security Agency documents five years ago and released them to the world, remains living in Russian Federation with Putin's ascent.

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