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Brushing Russia probe aside, Trump, Putin lay groundwork for future talks

Vladimir Putin Brushing Russia probe aside, Trump, Putin lay groundwork for future talks
Melinda Barton | 17 July, 2018, 15:29

At the Helsinki event after their two-hour face-to-face talks, Trump said Putin's denial of meddling in the election was "very powerful".

Really? Even after the Russian president admitted that he wanted Trump to win? As such, his extraordinary performance on Monday fueled criticism of his presidency from both the right and left. We have been involved in the Ukraine elections.

Former CIA Director John Brennan denounced Trump's performance as "treasonous", and Republican US Senator John McCain called the meeting with Putin a "tragic mistake", although some other Republicans were more cautious.

Asked if he believed USA intelligence agencies, which concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election in an effort to help him defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton, Trump said he was not convinced it was Moscow. "I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be".

Mr Trump contradicted United States investigators - who believe Russian hackers interfered in the 2016 presidential election - and said there was no reason for Moscow to meddle in the vote.

Trump reiterated his position that the probe into whether his presidential campaign colluded with the alleged Russian interference was politically motivated and represented a "disaster for our country".

All the investigations into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election have put a focus on the relationship between the United States and Russian leaders.

Putin declined but, according to the Post, he did send "a "friendly" letter and a gift of a Russian lacquered box" to Trump.

Trump had congratulated his opposite number on Russia's successful hosting of the competition, which came to a climax on Sunday a day before the Helsinki summit.

So far, no evidence has been presented by the special counsel's office to suggest this was the case (Mr Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn was charged with lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation; former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort with tax fraud, money laundering and illegal lobbying).

It certainly did. With his remarks in Helsinki and at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Trump has signaled a historic shift in USA foreign policy that may determine the future of this nation and the fate of his presidency.

But he says President Trump should not have confronted Putin on election interference, and the president also denied it entirely.

"I beat Hillary Clinton easily and frankly we beat her..."

Coat's predecessor, James Clapper, called Trump's acquiescence to Putin "an incredible capitulation", while former Central Intelligence Agency chief John Brennan labelled it "nothing short of treasonous".

Trump thereby repudiated the records and agendas of the neocons and their liberal interventionist allies, as well as the archipelago of War Party think tanks beavering away inside the Beltway.

"We spent a great deal of time talking about it".

Trump's openness to the symbolic offer appeared to cede the high ground to Putin.

He reiterated that Crimea joined Russian Federation as a result of a democratic referendum. He says that while it is important to improve relations with Russian Federation on several issues, including Syria, the President must realize that Russian Federation did try to interfere in the elections, and that steps should be taken to block those attempts in the future.