Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

'Helsinki has frozen over': Late night blasts Trump-Putin summit

'Helsinki has frozen over': Late night blasts Trump-Putin summit

"Strength is the one language for which Vladimir Putin needs no interpreter", Cotton said.

Trump called Putin earlier this year to congratulate him on his unprecedented fourth term as Russian president, despite criticism from both Democrats and Republicans that the Russian leader's electoral victory was through means less than fair.

After his remarks, the White House released a fact sheet on how the United States is "standing up to Russia's malign activities" - a clear bid to counter the notion that Trump had been soft on Putin.

"Everything is remaining. We're not lifting sanctions", Trump said.

McCain said the joint press conference between Trump and Putin in Helsinki "was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory". -Russian relations were at a historic low point just prior to his meeting with Putin, he is now hopeful for cooperative relations going forward.

Trump praised Putin on hosting the soccer World Cup, which ended on Sunday, saying: "It was beautifully done, so congratulations".

President Donald Trump on Tuesday moved to limit the damage from his summit with Vladimir Putin, claiming he misspoke in appearing to accept the Russian leader's denial of election meddling - in a rebuke to USA intelligence chiefs.

He said that though he has great confidence in the US intelligence community, the Russian president gave a "strong and powerful" denial. "He just said it's not Russian Federation".

When a reporter asked if Trump would denounce Putin's interference on the 2016 election, Trump made a decision to bash the Federal Bureau of Investigation instead.

And while Trump's tried-and-true base will stick by him, most voters won't easily forget watching the president get his hat handed to him by none other than Vladimir Putin, the former KGB agent and now head of the Evil Empire. "So just to repeat it, I said the word would instead of wouldn't", Trump told reporters.

He also said he "doesn't see any reason why" Russian Federation would be responsible for hacking the DNC and interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

On the other hand, supporters of Trump back his claim that he is merely trying to mend a broken relationship with Russian Federation, arguing that it's probably for the best that the two most aggressively nuclear-armed countries in the world try and get along.

"Collusion aside and regardless of what happened before, President Trump should have demanded it never happen again", Murkowski said.

"We are starting to achieve some understanding which gives us sufficient ground to say that some things - a lot of things changed to the better during today's meeting", he said.

If there was a bright side, it's this: It might be the only way for some Americans to understand just how alarmed they should be about their president's perspective on Russian Federation.

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