Corker says there's no doubt Russian Federation interfered in the election, adding that he was disappointed and saddened that Trump equated the US intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation interfered and Putin's denial.
The special counsel's continuing Russia investigation has laid out a detailed trail of attempts and successes by Russians to steal Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton campaign communications and to leak embarrassing emails and documents.
U.S. President Donald Trump said he had raised the issue of alleged Russian meddling in U.S. elections in talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement, specifically regarding President Trump's statement that he holds "both countries responsible" for the deteriorated relationship between the United States and Russian Federation. As Lindsey Graham, the United States senator from SC, put it: "This answer by President Trump will be seen by Russian Federation as a sign of weakness, and create far more problems than it solves".
Putin categorically denied the existence of such a tape, calling it "nonsense" and claiming he had no idea Trump was even in Moscow at the time. The U.S. intelligence community has insisted repeatedly that the Kremlin interfered. Putin must be holding "damaging information" about President Trump, he suggested, adding that today's press conference was "appalling".
Russia's President added that neither he nor any Russian state agency are tasked with such a job, adding that some 500 businessmen came to the St. Petersburg Economic Forum in 2018. Trump did not criticize Russia's support for Syrian leader Bashar Assad, whom the USA has called on to step down.More news: Bolton: Trump would be 'silly' to demand extradition of Russian intelligence officers
It's one thing not to believe US intelligence. "I really believe that", Trump said, vowing the summit was "only the beginning".
He had the opportunity to press Putin on any number of issues, including Russia's annexation of Crimea, the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine and alleged meddling in the USA election in 2016 to help Trump beat Hillary Clinton. "When the President plays these moral equivalence games, he gives Putin a propaganda win he desperately needs".
Many Republican lawmakers slammed Trump's comments. "Given what Mr. Putin said today, given the indictments, given what Mr. Trump said today, that can not happen", said Schumer. Even though Trump hedged on whether he believed his own appointees to the nation's intelligence agencies, he did say that Putin was "extremely strong and powerful in his denial today". In fact, when this summit was first announced last month, his - Trump's national security adviser was at a news conference in Moscow, kind of ironing out the details, and said, look; the president knows he's going to have to endure some political noise around this.
"I watched quite a bit - in the United States we call it soccer - and I watched quite a bit of it and I watched the entire final and the semifinals", said Trump.
Several dozen Trump supporters, many waving American flags and sporting "Make America Great Again" caps, cheered Trump near his waterfront hotel in Helsinki.
This aid, Mr. Putin said, could ease the "migratory pressure" on Europe, marking one of the very few references to Europe made by the two men.
It was also dubbed as the "Treason Summit" by CIA Director John Brennan.