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Putin praises Trump as 'well-qualified' after summit

18 July 2018
Putin praises Trump as 'well-qualified' after summit

Ryan's comments came after Trump said at a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin that he sees no reason why Russia would interfere in the USA election.

The U.S. intelligence community has been clear about the threat posed by Russian political interference and will continue "to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence" assessments, the Director of National Intelligence said on Monday.

Coats, a former IN senator, said his team has "been clear IN our assessments of Russian meddling" after Trump said he takes Putin at his "strong" words denying attempts to interfere IN the 2016 election.

Coats responded hours after Trump, standing alongside Putin in Helsinki, said that "my people" including Coats, "came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russian Federation".

Speaking at press conference with Putin in Helsinki, Trump appeared to accept the Russian president's denial of interfering in the 2016 US presidential election.

Trump came under fire for his performance in the press conference, with critics on both sides of the political aisle slamming his handling of questions about alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

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. "I had to reiterate things I said several times".

Mr Trump said US-Russia relations had "never been worse" than before they met, but that had now changed.

Again and again since then, Republicans have claimed that Democratic presidents - first Bill Clinton, then Barack Obama - have humiliated the country by going on what they called "apology tours" around the world.

Mr Putin reiterated that Russian Federation had never interfered in U.S. affairs.

"We have solid reason to believe that some [U.S.] intelligence officers accompanied and guided these transactions", Putin charged, adding that Moscow would like a "reciprocal" opportunity to question "officials, including officers of law enforcement and intelligence services of the United States whom we believe...have something to do with illegal actions on the territory of Russian Federation". "Let me say this, I don't see any reason why it would be".

The fresh indictments had prompted a number of US senators, all but one of them Democrats, to request Trump cancel his summit with Putin.

Trump added: "Frankly, we have not been getting along for the last number of years".

The U.S. government also sought Russian government help through a mutual legal assistance treaty, but according to a court filing this month, "no further steps have been taken within Russia to effectuate service".

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. "I think we've all been foolish.I think we're all to blame".

Corker said Putin "gained a tremendous amount" from the day's meeting, having gone into it as an "ostracized" figure on the global stage but leaving as the recipient of relatively positive commentary from the US President.

"I did hear this rumor that we allegedly collected compromising material when President Trump was in Moscow..."

Former CIA Director Thomas Brennan called Trump's comments treasonous.

Trump has been reluctant to blame Russian Federation for the hacks and again Monday refused to embrace the intelligence community assessment.

Experts in Russian Federation, however, felt the results were less dramatic, cautioning that, in reality, they saw very little substance in what was announced by the two leaders and noting that it remained to be seen whether Trump could actually deliver on the commitments he had made.

Key members of the US Congress, including some Republicans, criticised Trump's performance at the press conference.