President Trump, after being questioned by a reporter on if he believed USA intelligence or Vladimir Putin's denial about meddling in the 2016 election, says he has confidence in both parties; John Roberts reports on the takeaways from the post-summit press conference.
Having denied Russian interference in the election and the possibility that the Russian government may have blackmail on Mr. Trump, Putin said that the USA and Russia are "starting to achieve some understanding" between each other.
In this case, Trump sided with his Russian counterpart by openly questioning his own intelligence agencies' findings that Moscow was behind the 2016 US elections. He instead said he placed equal weight in the "extremely strong and powerful" denials of the Russian president with the firm conclusions of his own director of national intelligence.
President Donald Trump said he sees no reason why Russian Federation would have interfered in the 2016 election.
Paul Ryan, the top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, said, "There is no question Russian Federation interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world".
When pressed by Wallace about the hacking, Putin later went on to say: "Listen to me, please: The information that I am aware of, there is nothing false about it, every single grain of it is true".
Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney said, "For the first time in history, the American President has sided with a hostile foreign dictator over the Federal Bureau of Investigation and his own country".
"The problem isn't Trump having a summit; it's Trump having a policy that's bad for America, bad for our allies, and only good for Vladimir Putin", Kerry said, calling Trump's behavior at the press conference "disgraceful".More news: After backlash, Trump says misspoke on Russian election meddling
"I was an intelligence officer myself, and I do know how dossiers are made up", replied Putin. I felt this was a message best delivered in person.
Graham was careful to note he did not believe there was any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation but was clear he believed election interference did occur.
The United States does not have an extradition treaty with Russian Federation, making it highly doubtful the Kremlin would ever voluntarily send over the defendants to be prosecuted in an American court.
Spokespeople for the Justice Department and Mueller declined to comment on Trump's comments or on Putin's purported offers for assistance. It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected--immediately.
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"The damage inflicted by President Trumps naivete, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate". He just said it's not Russian Federation.
Cancer-stricken Senator John McCain, a Republican stalwart often at odds with Mr Trump, said in a statement: "The damage inflicted by President Trump's naivete, egotism, false equivalence and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate".
He said United States officials could request to be present at such questioning in line with a 1999 agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal cases.