Ex-CIA chief slams 'treasonous' Trump-Putin meeting as lawmakers blast president

Ex-CIA chief slams 'treasonous' Trump-Putin meeting as lawmakers blast president

"Get this idea out of your head".

"What happened to the servers of the Pakistani gentleman that worked on the DNC?" Key GOP lawmakers at least initially refrained from directly attacking Trump's performance, and at least one echoed the president's criticism of the special counsel probe.

Nuclear policy and cybersecurity were on this summit's loosely defined agenda, but when the two emerged after four hours of deliberations - a tête-à-tête with just interpreters followed by lunch with senior aides - there was little to feed to the press.

But Trump downplayed the notion that there was much to be gained by pressing Putin on the issue, noting the Russian president had repeatedly denied Kremlin involvement.

Putin said Trump had spent a lot of time talking about Israel during their talks.

"Nothing would be easier politically than to refuse to meet, refuse to engage, but that would not accomplish anything". Peppered with questions from an impatient audience, the two men shared in a favourite pastime: mocking the U.S. press corps.

Trump said that while USA officials have shown him that Russian Federation interfered with election systems, Putin has said "it's not Russia" who meddled.

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Earlier, there was plenty of pomp when this circus came to town, transforming summery Helsinki into a centre of global attention nearly overnight.

Arizona's Flake, who has felt free to speak his mind since announcing he won't run for another term, deemed Trump's comments on Monday "shameful", with Graham of SC admitting it will be perceived as "a sign of weakness".

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He reiterated there had been "no collusion" and that he ran a "clean campaign" and beat his Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton "easily".

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Trump made no mention of Putin's invasion, annexation and occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea; of Moscow's efforts to meddle in recent elections in Britain, France and Germany; nor of warnings from his own director of national intelligence that Russian Federation is preparing to interfere in the 2018 USA midterm elections. "He didn't smile when I joked about it".

Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said on Twitter that she finds herself asking, "what do the Russians have on (Trump) personally, financially, & politically?"

Lost in the fireworks of Monday evening's press conference of course was any real substance about what the two world leaders talked about. "There are enough of those that we need to pay attention to". "I called him a competitor and a good competitor he is".

Brennan, in a subsequent television interview with MSNBC, also said, "This, I think, rises to the point of good American patriots resigning in objection to that performance", referring to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton by name.

"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".

They had both looked impossibly glum when they finally sat down together at the palace on Monday.

"Diplomacy and engagement are better than hostility", Trump said.

It was an inauspicious start to a summit that seemed more about optics than substance.

"When the President plays these moral equivalence games, he gives Putin a propaganda win he desperately needs".

But pressed directly by USA reporters - who Trump has referred to as "enemies of the American people" - whether he would condemn Russian Federation over the empirical evidence of their election meddling, Trump again declined - on the contrary, praising Putin for offering to participate in Mueller's investigation and nodding approvingly as Putin denied his personal involvement.

On the question of nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula, Mr Putin praised the United States leader over efforts to resolve difficulties with North Korea.

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