The special counsel investigating potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin on Friday charged a dozen Russian military intelligence officers with hacking the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign and then releasing the stolen communications online as part of a sweeping conspiracy to meddle in the election. Putin added: "The time has come to talk in a substantive way.' Trump shot a wink at his counterpart (left) as the pair sat down, but he looked determinedly at the Russian President as they shook hands while Putin seemed to be clinging to his chair for support".
Kansas Senator Jerry Moran says Trump missed an opportunity to publicly condemn Russia's interference in USA elections.
When asked by a reporter whether Putin had compromising material on Trump-in reference to an alleged tape of the president engaging in compromising acts as detailed in Christopher Steele's dossier-the Russian leader avoided answering the question outright. Lindsey Graham of SC called the summit a "missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russian Federation accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections". He said he hadn't yet seen any compelling reason why Russian Federation would have interfered in the 2016 vote. To make things even worse, the Mueller investigation into Russia's potential collusion with the Trump camp indicted 12 Russian hackers in connection with the breach just days before this meeting.
While Trump and Putin mentioned "cooperation" and "joint work", respectively, in Syria, Russia has backed Assad's brutal regime throughout the nation's civil war, while the USA leads a coalition assisting the Syrian opposition and the Federation of Northern Syria, which seek to overthrow Assad.More news: After backlash, Trump says misspoke on Russian election meddling
Democratic party chairman Tom Perez said Mr Trump should cancel the talks, and that Mr Putin "not a friend of the United States". John McCain (R-AZ) said in a statement.
Putin again denied that Moscow ever interfered in the 2016 USA election and proposed an "expert council" to improve relations between the countries. "I am also hopeful President Trump discussed Russia's role in the Balkans, as Iowa's sister state, Kosovo, continues to be threatened by Russia's hybrid warfare tactics in Serbia".
Trump called Putin's offer "incredible". "Iowans understand that Putin is a tyrant and it is now more critical than ever that both parties in Congress work together to protect our election systems, democratic process and national security interests both at home and overseas".
Putin said Russian Federation and the USA should discuss a possible extension of the 2010 New START nuclear arms reduction treaty and the implementation of the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty.
The president did not elaborate on Putin's idea. He just said it's not Russian Federation.
"The president is doing grave harm to the standing of these United States while kowtowing to". Donald Trump responded to it by saying that diplomacy and dialogue can go a long way in ironing out hostility.