Asked at a press conference after the Helsinki summit today whether he believes US intelligence agencies or the Kremlin, President Trump said Russian President Vladimir Putin made a "very powerful" denial of Moscow's 2016 campaign influence operation and said he has "confidence in both parties".
Mr Trump noted the Russian president's "powerful" denial of any interference in the 2016 USA election.
"I never thought I would see the day when our American president would stand on the stage with the Russian president and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression", Sen.
As he has done before, Trump attacked the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian election interference. Afterward, the Russian and American delegations met for lunch in the "Hall of Mirrors", where Trump informed reporters that the summit was off to a "very good start".
In further comments that angered some USA lawmakers, Trump suggested the United States and Russian Federation were to blame for troubled relations between the two countries.
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Facing a barrage of questions about the war in Syrian and Russia's alleged role in Trump's 2016 election victory, both men broke into brief smiles as the Kremlin chief handed over the souvenir.
Trump's sit-down with Putin comes at the end of a weeklong European trip during which the USA president suggested that the E.U.is America's biggest "foe"; that our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies are "delinquent" on their military spending; and that immigrants were destroying Europe's "culture".
Mr Trump said: "If we are going to solve numerous problems facing our world, we will have to find ways to cooperate".
"I'm shaking my head like everyone else you've spoken to in the last 30 minutes or so", King said to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.
Flake apparently was referring to Trump's response when asked who was at fault for the decline in relations between the the US and Russian Federation.
Jeff Flake is another personality who slammed Trump for saying that the United States was also to "blame" for the tensions between the two countries. Before the "one on one meeting", the U.S. president said that getting along with Russian Federation would be a "good thing, not a bad thing". This was reportedly the first time in history a U.S. and Russian president have met alone. "I don't see why they would do it", Trump added.
Coats wasn't the only intelligence official questioning Trump's assertion. I think that we've all been foolish.
"Today's negotiations reflected our joint wish - our joint wish with President Trump to readdress this negative situation in the bilateral relationship", he said. "Any specific material, if such things arise, we are willing to analyze together".More news: Helsinki protest focuses on rights before Trump-Putin summit