Trump Backs Putin On Election Meddling At Summit

Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki

On Friday, a USA special counsel announced indictments of 12 Russian spies on charges of hacking Democratic Party computer networks as part of the election meddling, the second set of charges against Russians in an investigation that Trump calls a political witch hunt. "I have confidence in both parties", he said of Putin and us intelligence.

The Russian foreign ministry "liked" his words and tweeted back: "We agree".

Republican Will Hurd said he had seen Russian intelligence manipulate many people in his earlier career as a CIA officer.

"All I can do is ask the question", he added.

Speaking in the Finnish capital, Trump acknowledged that top intelligence officials, including Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsTrump stuns the world at Putin summit Trump: "Phony witch hunt" drove wedge between US, Russia Press: Whose side is Trump on?

And they say that on the same day Mr Trump, in a speech, urged Russia to find Mrs Clinton's missing emails, Russian hackers tried for the first time to break into email accounts used by her personal office. "There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals". It's time more Republicans started saying so.

The indictment Friday of 12 Russian officials on charges of hacking and other related crimes does not appear to have changed his mind. Several prominent Republicans expressed disappointment with the president's performance. Former House speaker, Newt Gingrich assessed it as "the most serious mistake of his presidency" which needed correction "immediately".

Democrats pleaded with their GOP colleagues who have majority control of Congress to rein in the president and become a stronger legislative check on the executive branch.

In an extraordinary moment in the lengthy interview, Mr Putin also said his interviewer was "completely deceived" about the "real situation" in Syria and went into attack mode when he was asked why his political enemies have been targeted.

More news: Amazon Suffers Tech Crash and Strikes During Prime Day

"We need our Republican colleagues to stand up for the good of this country", he said.

However, before the summit began, Mr Trump blamed his own country for the deterioration in relations. But it is in line with his comment in reference to a previous Putin denial that "I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it".

Senator Marco Rubio likewise affirmed his support of the intelligence community's findings.

"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".

Asked whether Russian Federation was responsible at all, Trump said "we're all to blame" for the soured relations. He also reaffirmed his commitment to "provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security". Even a year and a half into his presidency, he seems to regard any admission that Russian Federation intervened as undermining the legitimacy of his election victory.

While some GOP lawmakers were less strident in their criticism of Trump, their discomfort was clear. Pretty much every one of them is a major industrial tycoon of greater scale than President Trump. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., called it "shameful" and Sen.

The only tangible sign of progress was Putin's gift of a World Cup soccer ball to Trump. Republican Patriots: "Where are you???"

"The President must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally", Mr Ryan said in a statement.

Related News:

Most liked

Obama, in Rebuke to Trump, Warns That ‘Strongman Politics Are Ascendant’
Obama began by arguing that "the worldwide order has fallen short of its promise" because of vast inequality. Some Democrats say he should play a more direct role.

Adidas Pledges To Only Use Recycled Plastic By 2024
Shoe and apparel manufacturer Adidas pledged Monday to cut out "virgin" plastic from all its shoes and sportswear by 2024. This move will have an impact on their manufacturing of everything from shoes to sports bras and everything in between.

Liverpool agree deal worth £67m with Roma for goalkeeper Allison
They are preparing to offload Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid for £31M along with a significant transfer of Eden Hazard. He also had a decent World Cup with Brazil, but failed to prevent them from going out in the quarterfinals to Belgium.

Melbourne Rebels' Amanaki Mafi arrested after alleged assault in New Zealand
The defendant is charged with injuring with intent to injure - carrying a maximum jail term of five years. The case will next be called on 3 August, though Mr Mafi's appearance was excused.

Elon Musk Apologizes for Calling Thailand Rescuer a Pedophile
While the rest of the world was celebrating the successful rescue, Musk's offensive comments have cast a shadow over Mr Unsworth. Musk's Sunday tweet, which he later deleted, had sent investors away from Tesla stock, which fell almost 3 percent Monday.

Hillary Clinton trolls Trump before his summit meeting with Putin
On late Sunday night, Trump and his wife Melania arrived in Helsinki for the much-awaited summit with Putin. However, Putin and Trump talked on the sidelines of the forum and adopted a joint statement on Syria.

Tiger Woods concerned by slow greens at Open Championship
Cape Town - Sergio Garcia returns to Carnoustie for The Open Championship this weekend, a course full of bad memories. As the 36-year-old Dougherty entered, he met the 82-year-old Gary Player coming out.

Angelique Kerber's spoiled Serena Williams' dream comeback to tennis - 15-Jul
She affixed the badge to her white T-shirt and laughed as she proudly played with it at the start of her news conference. It's her first title and I know she's going to really enjoy it and enjoy the moment.

National Hot Dog Day 2018: Where To Get The Hook Up
For a bit of nostalgia, shop Kohl's to get the Nostalgia Electrics Diner-Style Hot Dog Steamer for $10 off (at $39.99). It's National Hot Dog Month, and to celebrate, Portillo's is offering a deal this week you can not pass up.

These Prime Day deals are still available -- but only via Alexa
Amazon now has over 6,000 registered employee-owned dogs that roam the company's headquarters. Amazon's stock closed up 1.2 percent at $1,843.93 Tuesday.

Microsoft, Walmart enter multi-year AI deal to take on Amazon
Specifically, Walmart will be using Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 in a standardization across their brands. It also launched new apps for back-to-school shopping.

Russian Federation on a high as World Cup wraps
Putin said Russian Federation was proud of its achievements in hosting the World Cup, and would share its experience with Qatar. He added: "We're glad that they liked our hospitality and openness, nature, culture, traditions of our big country".

Had a very good meeting with Putin, more in the offing
The host Brian Kilmeade spoke directly to the camera and said: "This is something that needs to be corrected". Majority Whip John Cornyn indicated the Senate could take up Russia-related bills in the coming weeks.

Timing of Mueller’s Russia Indictment Wasn’t Trolling - Trump Requested It
TRUMP: My people came to me. they said they think it's Russian Federation . "I don't see any reason why it would be". He watched coverage of himself on a flat-screen television hung above the leather sofas in his office.

Brewers All-Star reliever Josh Hader apologizes for past racist, homophobic tweets
And Hader's family members in attendance took off their jerseys with "Hader" on the back during the game. Hader said the tweets do not reflect his beliefs now, and he did "not vividly" recall writing them.