McCain, Flake React To Trump's Meeting With Putin

McCain, Flake React To Trump's Meeting With Putin

Earlier Trump began the meeting with warm words for Putin, seated next to the Russian leader in an ornate presidential palace in Finland, and said it was a longstanding goal of his to improve US-Russian relations.

Putin, who is known to keep world leaders waiting, arrived nearly 30 minutes late in Helsinki for the summit with Trump.

The meeting was hotly contested by lawmakers, who demanded Trump cancel the meeting, to agree to bring other U.S. officials in the meeting, and to prioritize discussing campaign meddling - none of which Trump publicly committed.

"It went well", he said.

Speaking through a translator, Putin answered, "Yes I did".

"I've been saying, and I'm sure you've heard over the years. that getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing, not a bad thing", Trump said on Monday, seated next to Putin at the start of talks on Monday in an ornate presidential palace in neutral Finland. Trump, for his part, noted that the U.S. and Russian Federation work together toward the goal of ensuring Israel's security, specifically as it relates to Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria and its troops' advance on rebel positions near Israel's Golan Heights.

He also distributed an open letter about national security to the press pool before the conference. But Cooper's initial assessment, made right after it ended, was among the most startling because he was anchoring the network's news coverage.

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The CNN anchor said Trump was like "Rain Man" in the way he returns to the subject of Hillary Clinton's email server.

"We have not been getting along well for the last number of years", Trump said as he and Putin sat down at the Presidential Palace in Finland's capital. He adds: "The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally".

"It is clear Russia's intentions", he says.

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"The United States must be focused on holding Russian Federation accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy".

President Donald Trump accepted denials by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Moscow interfered with the 2016 US election Monday, bringing swift condemnation from members of Congress from both parties.

The Kremlin has denied any state action in the election.

"We're anxious about what is happening and we want to preserve out democracy because we are Americans". Trump's top national security officials, Democrats and most Republicans in Congress say US intelligence agencies got it right in finding that Russians secretly tried to sway the election. US intelligence agencies have concluded Russian Federation did interfere, but the Kremlin has denied state involvement. Putin said. "This is utterly ridiculous".

A Republican senator is calling on President Donald Trump on Monday to declare that Russian Federation is "the enemy of America and our allies".

George W. Bush's press secretary Ari Fleischer, who often defends Trump, said he can understand why some Democrats believe Putin must have compromising information on Trump. His performance was denounced as "treasonous" by a former Central Intelligence Agency chief and condemned as "shameful" by a Republican seNator, although other Republicans were more cautious.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., described the meeting in Helsinki as a "tragic mistake".

He said among the major topics will be repairing the deteriorating relationship between the two countries.

Trump says a productive dialogue between the US and Russian Federation is good for both countries and "is good for the world".

"Donald Trump's press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes & misdemeanours.' It was nothing short of treasonous".

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