Sen. Johnson: Putin wrong about Russian Federation election meddling

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And while some key GOP players made it clear they had had enough of Trump's refusal to side with the USA intelligence community over Russian denials about meddling in the 2016 presidential election, it was unclear and unlikely the latest furor would diminish GOP support for major Trump initiatives. He dismissed it all with a new attack on an old target: the news media.

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.

For the president, it's likely to add another to his list of grievances about a network he has denounced as "fake news". "Shameful", "disgraceful", "weak", were a few of the comments.

Even Fox News, accused by Democrats of being a propaganda network for Trump, had several anchors blasting the president. Bob Corker of Tennessee.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was similarly disdainful, saying Trump "had the opportunity to stand up to Putin". Kasparov said that the press conference was a clear indication Trump and Putin are alike in that neither represent their nations. "We must make clear that the United States will not tolerate hostile Russian activities against us or our allies".

"Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russian Federation accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections". He called the appointment of a special counsel on Russian interference and the involvement of U.S. persons in that effort, Robert Mueller III, a "disgrace" to the country and an impediment to his own efforts to improve ties with Russia. John Cornyn of Texas, said sanctions may be preferable to a nonbinding resolution that amounts to "just some messaging exercise".

GOP members could act immediately to restrain Trump's foreign policy moves, Schumer said. A wary and robust stance toward Russian Federation has been a bedrock of his party's world view. But he acknowledged that he had personally favored Trump in the race over Clinton.

The Arizona Republican and Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee added that Trump is unwilling to stand up to Putin.

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As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am deeply troubled by President Trump's defense of Putin against the intelligence agencies of the USA and his suggestion of moral equivalence between the US and Russian Federation.

The White House said the one-on-one sit-down lasted for about two hours before the meetings opened up to a working lunch with the Russian delegation and U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, National Security Advisor John Bolton, and National Security Council Director of Russian Affairs Fiona Hill.

Corker said he was "disappointed and saddened" that Trump would equate the statements of the intelligence community with the Russian President's and had sharp words for Trump's approach in general.

The summit, which is being closely watched around the world, was not the first time Trump and Putin have held talks.

"Thank you very much", Trump replied. Today, Trump learned that no matter what political party, USA citizens prefer that their president side with the US instead of with a dictator.

Fox Business echoed Hume's comments. "Thank you @RandPaul, you really get it!"

What has USA reaction been? And it came at the end of an extraordinary trip to Europe in which Trump had already berated allies, questioned the value of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance and demeaned leaders including Germany's Angela Merkel and Britain's Theresa May. "I think that's wishful thinking", said Harding. "Isn't it natural to feel sympathy to a person who wanted to develop relations with our country?"

The trickiest part of the summit concerned the Kremlin's hacking of Democratic party emails, which were released in 2016 to damage Hillary Clinton when she was the party's presidential candidate.