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Trump says he raised election interference with Putin at summit

17 July 2018

McCain went on to say that: "President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin".

It was a response that could have been lifted from the lexicon of Trump himself.

Wallace added that Putin "flatly denied" having any compromising information about President Trump. The Russian agents are accused of hacking email accounts controlled by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign and publicizing messages. He gave granular detail in the indictment of how the operation was done.

For his part, Trump criticised the ongoing USA investigation into the allegations as a "disaster".

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Asked about the tweet and whether he held Russian Federation responsible for anything, Trump said he held "both countries responsible" thinks the United States has been "fooling" and that "we're all to blame". "I don't see why they would do it", Trump added. At a press conference Friday with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump said not to expect a "Perry Mason" moment where his Russian counterpart owned up to the interference. And John Brennan, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center under former president George W. Bush and Central Intelligence Agency director under former president Barack Obama, said it amounted to an impeachable act.

But Trump did not see that motive in play.

The two presidents spent more than two hours speaking face to face with only their translators present.

"Putin's words should never be given equal weight of our own Director of National Intelligence". Schumer said to reporters. The Kremlin, he said, would allow Mueller's team to visit Moscow and to question suspects. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. Neither did an earlier meeting between Putin and Trump, or the release of emails confirming that Trump's eldest son met with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, or former Trump adviser Michael Flynn's guilty plea to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russian officials. The detectives who flew to Moscow found themselves in a PR pantomime, with their efforts to get evidence thwarted by the state. The question has haunted the president since publication, in January 2017, of the dossier by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.

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Trump responded not by discussing Russian Federation but by claiming to hold "both countries responsible", before proceeding to double down on his accusations against the United States. In the most recent, Americans say, 45 percent to 29 percent, that it's a legitimate issue. This was a classic non-denial answer.

There were mixed reactions on Fox News Channel, whose commentators usually represent Trump's biggest supporters. Asked about kompromat, Trump said that if it did exist "it would have come out by now".

Trump again denied that there had been any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.

"Back then, he was a private individual, a businessman", Putin said. "They didn't have the resources to do it even if they had had interest". Recent Fox News polling found that roughly a third of Republican voters wanted Trump to be tougher on Russian Federation.

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Trump says he raised election interference with Putin at summit