Shock, alarm as Trump backs Putin on election meddling at summit ZlotoNews

Shock, alarm as Trump backs Putin on election meddling at summit ZlotoNews

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement after President Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki Monday.

Trump made the statement at a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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.

Putin said people should be grateful that the Russians and Americans are working together behind the scenes to organize such a summit and that the two leaders agree that terrorism is a greater threat to both nations than appearances show.

"Today's meeting is only the beginning of a longer process, but we have taken the first steps toward a brighter future and one with a strong dialogue and a lot of thought", Trump said. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who said of Trump's news conference: "I did not think this was a good moment for our country".

Speaking to Fox News following his summit on Monday with Trump in Helsinki, Finland, the Russian president said: "Do you really believe that someone acting from the Russian territory could have influenced the United States and influenced the choice of millions of Americans?"

He went on to warn that Russian Federation remains capable of launching an interference campaign on 2018 midterm elections similar to what occurred in 2016 "we are just one click on a keyboard away from a similar situation repeating itself", he said. I've never seen anything like this.

Provizer said Trump questioning US institutions is nothing new, and something that has been seen since the campaign and consistently afterward.

Coats said last week that the USA faces a "critical" threat of potentially devastating cyberattacks from several state actors - with Russian Federation being the "worst offender".

Corker and Flake have something in common: They're not running for reelection and therefore are less inhibited in criticizing Trump.

U.S. intelligence officials have said the Kremlin was behind the effort to help Trump defeat Clinton, and Mueller tied the hack to the Russian government by identifying the culprits as officers in a Russian military intelligence agency known as the GRU. Trump arrived at the Palace about 15 minutes after Putin.

Even when critics were more muted, they still rebuffed the equivalence Trump drew between domestic intelligence and Putin's remarks. Sen. "That's a congressional responsibility and the Congress must do what they think is in the best interest of this country".

"President trump gave a t-shirt Ovechkin and the puck", Peskov said in comments TASS.

"The Senator believes that trump was not only unable, but also one that is unwilling to stand up to Putin".

Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California - one of the most Russia-friendly members of Congress - told Bloomberg that the USA meddles in elections "at a much higher rate" than Russian Federation.

"Any country that can spy does, and any country that can meddle in foreign elections does", the Kentucky Republican said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer".

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