“We ran a brilliant campaign, and that’s why I’m president”, Trump said at one point.
The meeting was overshadowed in accounts from political analysts by the ongoing federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, which was brought to the fore on Friday with the indictment of 12 Russians by the US Department of Justice.
“Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors”.
Toomey added, “Putin insists that the Russian government has nothing to do with meddling in our elections.
Seriously, what does Putin have on Trump that’s he’s so afraid?”
“He was just saying that everything they put out was actual information”, said Wallace. “They didn’t have the resources to do it even if they had had interest”.
Then the White House press pool was whisked out to the motorcade to Air Force One, as they, the thousands of people who had lined the streets of Helsinki to watch the motorcade roll by and others all over the world processed the stunning display they had just witnessed. And so, he said it’s nonsense.
Fellow Republican politicians have generally stuck with Mr Trump during a year and a half of turmoil, but he was assailed as seldom before as he returned home on Monday night from what he had hoped would by a proud summit with Putin.
“Coming close on the heels of President Trump’s bombastic and erratic conduct towards our closest friends and allies in Brussels and Britain, today’s press conference marks a recent low point in the history of the American Presidency”. The White House has struggled for months to dispel suggestions that Trump was unwilling to stand up to Russian Federation.
Republican Senator John McCain said Trump’s seeming acceptance of Putin’s denial was a historical “low point” for the U.S. presidency and the Helsinki summit between the two leaders a “tragic mistake”.
The two previous Republican Party presidential candidates also denounced Trump for appearing to side with Putin, who denies any interference in USA elections, over his own agencies, which Trump once again accused of going on “a witch hunt” over the question of Russian meddling.
Of course, we will never know the full details of what was discussed in the two men’s private meeting, unless Trump’s translator spills the beans.
He has rejected the fundamental premises of American foreign policy since the end of the Cold War and blamed our wretched relations with Russian Federation, not on Vladimir Putin, but squarely on the US establishment.
When asked by CNBC Monday if he was concerned by the pattern of suspicious deaths in the United Kingdom which some say are proof Britain has become a killing ground for the state-sanctioned elimination of enemies of the Russian government, Browder said that he is taking precautions but that there is nothing he can really do to stop a “government-sponsored terrorist attack”.
When asked about Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, which 12 Russian military officers were indicted over on Friday, Mr Trump said: “President Putin just said it’s not Russia”.
The president did reiterate his concern about global nuclearization and said it’s the “most important” issue to him.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, told reporters: “I’ve said a number of times and I’ll say it again”. According to the Associated Press, the individual identified himself as a reporter from the U.S. magazine The Nation and his protest sign was about nuclear weapons.
“I think that’s an incredible offer”.
“The president of the United States essentially capitulated, and seems intimidated by Vladimir Putin”, said James Clapper, a career intelligence official who served as director of national intelligence through the 2016 race.
‘He also said he wants to be very helpful with North Korea. We’re doing well with North Korea, we have time. There’s no rush, it has been going on for many years, ‘ he said.
Making efforts to move past the politically-charged allegations, Putin touted the summit as a “success”.
At a press conference following the summit, Trump praised their “direct, open and deeply productive dialogue” and emphasised the need for continued diplomacy over confrontation. “The Russian state has never interfered and is not going to interfere in internal USA affairs”, he said.
‘He’s a disgrace to our country.
Hours after the Helsinki summit, Trump tweeted: “I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people”.
Strzok is on paid leave from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.