Trump facing criticism from both parties over performance at summit

Paola Ditto
Luglio 17, 2018

Democratic leaders in Washington said Trump's conduct during Monday's press conference with Putin reinforced concerns that Putin "holds damaging information" over the United States president.

In his first interview following a summit and press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, President Donald Trump told Sean Hannity of Fox News he thought Putin was "very, very strong" and complained that the "phony witch hunt" into Russia's interference in the 2016 election has driven a "phony wedge" between the two nations. "We are the two great nuclear powers", Trump said.

Tensions have been brewing since the U.S Intelligence Community declared Russian Federation tried to meddle with the results of the 2016 USA elections.

But the USA president said Mr Putin was "incredibly strong and powerful today" in his contention that Russian Federation had nothing to do with election interference. If you look at Russian Federation and the United States, that's 90 percent of the nuclear weapons'.

On US-Russia cooperation in Syria, Trump stressed that both countries had the potential to "save hundreds of thousands of lives" by working together. However, that changed as of about four hours ago.

"I didn't know the president", he said. "This is utterly ridiculous".

Republican Will Hurd said he had seen Russian intelligence manipulate many people in his earlier career as a CIA officer.

There is no formal agenda today as the leaders will meet one-on-one with only interpreters by their sides.

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

Trump did not elaborate on Putin's "incredible offer, " though Putin himself suggested that special counsel Robert Mueller could ask Russian law enforcement agencies to interrogate the suspects.

House Speaker Paul Ryan weighed in to say there was "no question" Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election and "no moral equivalence" between the United States and Russian Federation.

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"The time has come to talk in a substantive way about our relations and problem areas of the world".

"One thing you know: If they had, it would have been out", Trump told Hannity. "I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be". According to the Associated Press, the individual identified himself as a reporter from the USA magazine The Nation and his protest sign was about nuclear weapons.

"Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of USA foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!"

The Russian foreign ministry "liked" his words and tweeted back: "We agree". Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility.

The Republican pulled no punches in his latest verbal fisticuffs with the president, issuing a lengthy statement from Arizona about what may he thinks may be incalculable damage to US foreign policy.

Browder, who recently called Putin a "pipsqueak" on "Countdown to the Closing Bell," said the Russian president has so much disdain toward the Magnitsky Act that it has propelled him to insert Browder as part of the conversation with the leader of the free world.

Yet after the bad-tempered North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and a contentious trip by Trump to Britain, anxious European leaders will have been relieved if not much came out of the Helsinki meeting.

Brennan said Trump has a "total lack of credibility".

Trump faced swift and sweeping condemnation following his 45-minute press conference. Greenpeace draped a giant banner down a church tower urging: "Warm our hearts not our planet".

Trump was also under pressure from Britain to press Putin over the nerve agent poisoning of four people in southern England.

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