Putin summit: U.S. president under fire over poll meddling comments

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2018

Some lawmakers are talking about passing a resolution in support of USA intelligence agencies after President Donald Trump appeared to cast doubt on their findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.

The two leaders began their highly anticipated meeting with a 90-minute one-on-one session, with only their respective translators in attendance.

In some ways, the Europeans have no alternative but to hold fast to the idea that the transatlantic relationship remains solid - their security assumptions are based on it and they are not ready to go it alone, say analysts.

"It was not apparent that significant progress was made, or even that all of these issues were addressed in detail", he told Xinhua.

He added that perhaps the Trump administration did not want to have a statement with Putin that "could be vulnerable to political fire, especially in the Congress". "They said they think it's Russian Federation". The meeting "was more notable for friendly atmospherics than for concrete accomplishments". Just as May made little or no effort to push back against the disruptive Trump agenda when obliged to conduct a press conference with him, so Trump put up no fight in Helsinki; instead, he yielded Putin further ground as the Mueller probe is directly challenged and the worldwide order blatantly undermined.

But Cohen's commentary came just hours after Trump sided with Russian president Vladimir Putin during a joint press conference in Helsinki.

The summit started late because Mr Putin arrived in Helsinki about a half hour behind schedule in another display of the Russian's leader famous lack of punctuality.

Browder also criticized US President Donald Trump for seeming to approve of Putin's idea to invite special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators to come to Russia to interview the 12 indicted Russian intelligence officers in exchange for him being offered up to Russia.

All true; no one has proved direct collusion by Trump or his campaign.

Speaking at the joint news conference, President Putin offered to allow U.S. investigators to visit Russian Federation to question the officers. But honest observers note that we're armpit-deep in circumstantial evidence thereof.

Mr Trump was joined at the luncheon by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, US ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman and other top aides. We need to talk about it, " Bolton said.

Moreover, Courtney said, the West is unlikely to provide the large-scale aid that Russian Federation seeks for the reconstruction of war-torn Syria unless Moscow extends more commitment to a political solution and to reducing Iran's role there.

But Britain's Daily Telegraph, a newspaper that has generally been sympathetic to Trump, especially over his spats with Europe, said the USA leader's aim to establish peace was laudable.

"This summit will cause a lot of criticism from the Democratic opposition, maybe even part of the Republicans", said Boris Mezhuyev, editor of the Politanalitika website.

Mr Trump leaned forward in his chair, his hands tented in front of him and frequently glanced over at the Russian president.

"I think you see for yourself that these efforts failed".

Trump did have one prominent defender: Senator Rand Paul, who vied with Trump for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

The tabloid Moskovsky Komsomolets claimed that "a quiet, modest Trump had paled in comparison with Vladimir Putin".

Vacroux said it seems both leaders got what they wanted out of the meeting.

"Helsinki should not be viewed in a vacuum", said Haass. US-Russia relations are uncertain. "Alas, the trip provided nothing that would take their place".

Trump tweeted his thanks.

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