Trump drops the ball in Putin summit

Trump drops the ball in Putin summit

The summit happened a day after the World Cup - hosted by Russian Federation - came to an end.

"Those are the worst reviews I've seen since Titanic", Colbert said.

United States intelligence agencies concluded previous year that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 election campaign and sought to tilt the vote in Trump's favor, something Moscow has long denied.

"The Russians need to know there are a lot of us who fully understand what happened in 2016 and it better not happen again in 2018", the Kentucky Republican said on the Capitol. "HRC is here in Helsinki to demand Donald Trump end his deafening silence, publicly condemn these Chechen crimes against humanity, and call on Putin to investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice".

That prompted House Speaker Paul Ryan, of the ruling Republican Party, to say that the president "must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally".

"Our nation's top intelligence agencies all agree on that point", he said. "The flaw in that, which I think goes to the heart of this very issue, is that Vladimir Putin is not interested in a better working relationship with the United States because he views the world - he views geopolitics as a battle between the strong and weak".

Democratic California Representative Jimmy Gomez charged: "To side with Putin over U.S. intelligence is disgusting; to fail to defend the USA is on the verge of treason".

Several Republicans said they would consider new legislation to sanction Russian Federation for future election meddling, after Trump declined an opportunity to publicly warn Putin against such interference.

President Trump met President Putin at a summit in Finland's capital, Helsinki.

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Donald Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki has been slammed by sections of his own government.

TV's late-night hosts didn't have to look far for a monologue topic on Monday, as President Trump's summit meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin provided more than enough show-opening material.

Trump and Putin had held lengthy talks before - on the sidelines of world leader meetings in Germany and Vietnam previous year - but this was their first official summit and was being watched closely, especially following the announcement Friday of new indictments against 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking Democratic emails to help Trump's campaign.

Speaking about Mr Trump's mistake, Sky's USA correspondent Hannah Thomas-Peter said: "If we are to believe that (it was a simple mistake), that's not good, because the leader of the free world should be able to nail those important ideas, express himself clearly under pressure when standing next to the leader of an adversarial nation".

"That is a developing bit of analysis that you're gonna find even on what you would consider to be Trump-friendly media", Rush said. Browder was a driving force behind a USA law targeting Russian officials over human rights abuses.

"Zero collusion", Trump said. The speaker said he stood by his Monday statement that "the president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally".

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, meanwhile, called for immediate hearings with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other top officials to learn more about Trump's one-on-one meeting with the Russian Federation leader.

But he again repeated his claim that there was no collusion between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation and suggested that others may have interfered in the election.

"This is shameful", said Senator Jeff Flake, a fellow Republican and staunch critic of the president. Brennan says, "It was nothing short of treasonous".

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