'Utterly ridiculous': Putin denies USA election meddling in tense interview

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On Monday, President Donald Trump joined Putin in Helsinki, Finland, for a one-on-one meeting, after which Trump received significant condemnation for his remarks made at a joint news conference.

Trump, speaking in Helsinki after his first summit with Putin, said he saw no reason to believe his own country's intelligence agencies over the Kremlin leader's assurances that Russian Federation did not interfere in the USA election.

Although the summit was described by Trump as "a very constructive day" and by Putin as "first important step", questions from reporters about the alleged meddling with US elections by Russian Federation still highlighted the post-summit press conference.

"There is no question that Russian Federation attacked our democracy in 2016 by interfering in the election, as our American intelligence community long ago concluded", Smith said in a prepared statement. "After Putin also affirmed his claim during the press conference, Trump added that "[Putin] just said it's not Russian Federation.

Lasha Tchantouridze is a professor of diplomacy and worldwide relations at Norwich University, who specializes in Russian Federation and the U.S. He says this meeting between the two leaders could be the start of something different. "However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we can not exclusively focus on the past - as the world's two largest nuclear powers, we must get along!"

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His comments drew widespread, bipartisan condemnations in the US, with several critics calling them "disgraceful".

At the same time, the former head of the CIA, John Brennan has accused Donald trump of cheating. Putin subsequently reiterated that Russian Federation had no ability to actually influence votes, and that the real issue at hand was the fact that the content of the emails revealed the DNC officials were biased towards Clinton.

Not all Republicans in Congress were angry with Trump's conduct in Helsinki. "We're all to blame", Trump said.

He says "it's a shame" that he and Putin had to answer questions about the investigation into Russian election interference.

Trump and Vladimir Putin.

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"We think that they are not fully compliant with the treaty, but this is for experts to decide", Putin added.

The remarks, which came after hours of private talks with Putin, drew bipartisan criticism, sparking lawmakers to denounce them as "disgraceful", "shameful" and, according to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, "the most serious mistake of his presidency".

Pfeiffer was also asked if Coats could still competently do his job given that the President remains steadfast in his own conclusions about Russia's election interference despite repeated warnings from his top intelligence official.

Putin was re-elected in a disputed election in March with the main opposition leader Alexei Navalny barred from running on what he says was a pretext.

CNN is reporting that that statement wasn't cleared by the White House.

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Saying "not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin".

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