US intel chief stands by assessment of Russian meddling

Andrew Harnik | AP  President Donald Trump walks towards the West Wing of the White House in Washington Wednesday

Andrew Harnik | AP President Donald Trump walks towards the West Wing of the White House in Washington Wednesday

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.

President Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday, and the two leaders held a odd and stunning press conference at the conclusion of their summit.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he wanted Donald Trump to win the US presidency, but strongly denied any Russian state meddling in the 2016 USA election. Putin declined to take the copy from Wallace, and the two men repeatedly talked over one another as the Russian president sought to rebuke the United States intelligence community's widespread assessment that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election with the aim of boosting Trump and damaging Hillary Clinton's candidacy.

"I think President Trump's actions today were outrageous", said Sen. "I'm pretty sure President Trump has plenty of political rivals", Putin said.

"I don't want to insult President Trump when I say this - and I may come as rude - but before he announced that he will run for presidency, he was of no interest for us".

Paul Ryan, the top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, said, "There is no question Russian Federation interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world".

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But several Republicans who do not typically buck the President raised concerns, shocked by Monday's performance. Donald Trump is an "American patriot", not a traitor to his country, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says.

'I'd like to say I'm shocked but this is the world in which we live now'.

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Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, part of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said, "For the President to side with Putin over his own intelligence officials and blame the United States for Russia's attack on our democracy is a complete disgrace". "But our cooperation between the two countries has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives", said Trump.

Outcry from American lawmakers in the days leading up to the meeting demanded Trump cancel the meeting, to agree to bring other U.S. officials in the meeting, and to prioritize discussing campaign meddling. "I think it's kept us apart; it's kept us separated", he said.

But Trump crossed a line with his comments Monday, Murphy said, by "throwing the entire intelligence community under the bus".

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Putin said allegations that Russian intelligence agencies had collected compromising information on Trump were "sheer nonsense". Putin, speaking through an interpreter, once again denied what he described as "so-called interference of Russian Federation ".

"A single, ominous question now hangs over the White House: what could possibly cause President Trump to put the interests of Russian Federation over those of the United States".

Trump later reiterated his support for the intelligence community on Twitter, while adding that diplomacy between Russian Federation and the USA must also be a priority. Russia, he said, 'remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals'. However, he also says there are a lot of issues that the two men likely discussed and it's hard to tell what could come next.

Asked about Trump's comments by CNN, Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California blasted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and cast doubt over Mueller's Friday indictments.

Trump commented after holding hours of private talks with Putin.

President Donald Trump assured reporters and the public Monday that relations with Russian Federation will improve.

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