President Trump, Russian President Putin Hold Joint News Conference Following Summit

Frederick Owens
July 17, 2018

US intelligence officials have said the Kremlin was behind the effort to help Trump defeat Clinton, and Mueller tied the hack to the Russian government by identifying the culprits as officers in a Russian military intelligence agency known as the GRU.

In other words, Trump is aiding and abetting and giving comfort to an enemy who, by the analysis of people Trump himself appointed to lead the intelligence community, is now attacking the United States.

Both leaders lauded the meeting in Helsinki as an opportunity for improving bilateral relations, arguing that improved dialogue was necessary for both countries.

Steven Pifer, a non-resident senior fellow with the Brookings Institution and a former State Department official focused on US relations with the former Soviet Union, spoke with Reuters editor Helen Coster about the summit.

Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, said never in the history of the country had an American president supported an adversary the way Mr Trump sided with Mr Putin.

After a contentious few minutes on the topic of election meddling, Wallace said Putin stated that whoever hacked the Democratic National Committee servers obtained real and true information.

Trump's enablers tried to dismiss his words as a big joke, but the GRU seems to have taken them as a "tasker".

"All I can do is ask the question". I thought it was an absolute disgrace, "said the President".

The US and Russian Federation are facing new challenges nowadays, differing drastically from the ones of the Cold War era, Putin said, naming regional conflicts, spread of terrorism, organised crime, ecology and economy risks.

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U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in 2016 that Russian Federation was behind an effort to tip the scale of the USA election against Hillary Clinton, with a state-authorised campaign of cyber attacks and fake news stories planted on social media.

Regardless, the president told CBS News his mind was on the U.S., specifically the House Oversight Hearing with Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who also serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee, was not available for an interview, but in a statement she criticizes Trump for his continued refusal to accept the conclusions of US intelligence agencies which state that the Russians did try to meddle in the 2016 elections and are continuing to try and influence upcoming elections. And a good competitor he is.

Other high-profile Republicans also expressed dismay.

Both leaders also said they would work together to help resolve the Syrian crisis. "Absolutely I'm with the president on this; the (U.S.) intelligence community was full of biased people", Republican Senator Rand Paul told CNN. Specifically he said he wanted to get refugees "some form of shelter on a humanitarian basis". "This will bring peace to Golan Heights, and bring more peaceful relationship between Syria and Israel, and also to provide security of the state of Israel". "Russian Federation wants this to happen".

Trump offered no specific plans there.

Prosecutors in February charged 13 Russians with participating in a social media effort to sway public opinion, and divide voters on hot-button issues, during the election by concocting bogus Facebook ads in the names of Americans. After all, entrepreneurs and businessmen know better how to articulate this successful business cooperation.

"This was not the plan", a USA official directly involved in planning the Helsinki summit between the leaders told CNN.

"We're not going to be able to mobilize anybody for anything after this unless he shows real toughness toward Russian Federation, which kind of undercuts the whole goal of going over there", said James Jeffrey, a former USA ambassador to Iraq and Turkey and deputy national security adviser under President George W. Bush.

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