Five Questions on the Trump-Putin summit

Frederick Owens
July 18, 2018

The Republican firebrand sided with the Kremlin and seemed to accept Putin's denial of USA election meddling during a joint press conference on Monday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday once again denied anyone from his country attempted to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, and insisted that he had no compromising information about President Donald Trump.

While standing next to Putin on Monday, Trump proceeded to attack special counsel Robert Mueller, blame the USA for the bad blood between the countries and allow Putin to lie about the interference.

"We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security", he said in a statement.

Ruben Gallego also weighed in, saying in a statement, "President Trump's meeting today with Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation was an appalling display of self-serving posturing by both men".

"My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others", Trump said.

Noah highlighted an interview between CNN and William J. Burns, former U.S ambassador to Russian Federation, who called the press conference "the single most embarrassing performance by an American president on the world stage that I've ever seen".

The top Republican in Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan, said Mr Trump must see that "Russia is not our ally". "It was great today, but I think it was really bad five hours ago", Trump said.

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Conway has criticized the Trump Administration on the national debt, pushed back against the idea that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's appointment is "unconstitutional" and retweeted a tweet by CNN anchor Jake Tapper criticizing Trump for saying the findings of Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report on FBI conduct related to the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

The Russian president said his country has never interfered and is not going to interfere in American internal affairs.

Putin suggested U.S. investigators might travel to Russia to participate in questioning Russians accused by Washington of United States election meddling as long as Russian investigators were allowed to do the same with USA spies operating in Russia, an idea Trump's critics dismissed as ludicrous. But he also said that Putin firmly denied the allegation and that he saw no reason why Russian Federation would interfere in the race.

"To all our allies: there are still many of us in Congress that know Russian Federation is not just an adversary to the United States but to freedom loving people everywhere", he added.

The US president added: "I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace than to risk peace in pursuit of politics".

But the harshest critique made by a member of the President's own party was issued by Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who called the press conference 'one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory'.

"The damage inflicted by President Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate". Putin said. "This is utterly ridiculous". "We did make a good start today".

"It is tempting to describe the news conference as a pathetic rout - as an illustration of the perils of under-preparation and inexperience". However, Trump did not reveal the details of the offer.

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