President Donald Trump choosing not to endorse the USA intelligence community's assessment Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election is "the most serious mistake of his presidency", former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tweeted Monday.
Americans were disappointed, embarrassed, outraged and a whole host of other negative adjectives.
That language stood in stark contrast to the scene on Monday at Finland's presidential palace, where Trump called the Russian leader, accused by the West of all manner of grievances, a "good competitor" and "I think the word competitor is a compliment". He said Putin wanted Clinton to win because of his toughness on Russian Federation.
The White House over the weekend took action following CNN reporter Jim Acosta's attempt to interject a question into a Trump news conference Friday by pulling Trump national security adviser John Bolton from a planned appearance on Jake Tapper's weekend show.
The two leaders appeared relaxed at the news conference, smiling on occasion, in contrast to their sombre demeanour at the start of the day.
Trump then trashed the Mueller probe, which recently indicted 12 Russian agents for interference in the 2016 USA presidential election, calling it "a disaster for our country".
The American president and Russian leader, Vladimir Putin side by side really shocked the TV personality who just couldn't hold back his reaction. America wants a good relationship with the Russian people but Vladimir Putin and his thugs are responsible for Soviet-style aggression.
Helsingin Sanomat, Finland's biggest daily newspaper, said Husseini allegedly shouted comments to U.S. journalists and disrupted the live broadcasts they were doing while awaiting Putin and Trump. But he acknowledged that he had personally favored Trump in the race over Clinton. "It may not be for the right reasons". "I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be".
- Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 16, 2018Starting with the president's trip to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and ending with his shameful performance at today's press conference, @realDonaldTrump has strengthened our adversaries while weakening our defenses and those of our allies. Did Trump say that the USA would halt those exercises the way he agreed to halt exercises with South Korea when he met with Kim Jong Un last month? "It's a punch in the gut, " she said.
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Trump hailed the summit as being a successful in terms of dialogue and communication between the two nations, despite rising tensions over the last few months.
The Arizona Republican says the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki was "a tragic mistake".
Always seeing the USA investigation into Moscow's interference as casting doubt on the legitimacy of his 2016 election victory, Trump said that while American intelligence blamed Russian Federation, he gave credence to Putin's "extremely strong and powerful" denial.
Putin said: "It is obvious to everyone that bilateral ties are going through a hard period". "He put it down on the table, " he said. That was extreme, said Fox's Ed Henry. They said they think it's Russian Federation.
"I wasn't doing a protest", Husseini said in an AP interview.
"But holy moly, " he said.
Husseini was forcibly removed and later interrogated by Finnish police before his release.
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