Published: Fri, July 20, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump casts doubt on United States intelligence, calls Putin's meddling denial 'strong'

Trump casts doubt on United States intelligence, calls Putin's meddling denial 'strong'

US President Donald Trump has arrived in Finland for his closely watched summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

One agenda item Trump did not mention, however, was Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential election, a topic Trump had promised to press Russian President Vladimir Putin on after 12 Russian intelligence officers were indicted last week for stealing Democratic campaign emails. We are the two great nuclear powers, we have 90 percent of the world's nuclear [weapons]. He dismissed the president's critics as those who hate the president.

The meeting came in the midst of tensions between Russian Federation and the West in issues concerning Iran, Syria and Crimea, as well as the unprecedented alienation between the USA and its trans-Atlantic allies over trade and defense.

There have been calls in the United States for Mr Trump to cancel the meeting following the indictments of Russian military intelligence agents, which were announced on Friday.

On the eve of the talks, Trump offered little sign he is lining up big outcomes.

Trump and his aides have repeatedly tried to lower expectations about what the summit will achieve.

But after being given the idea by his interviewer, President Trump said: "Certainly I'll be asking about it". "President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin". Trump's decision to press ahead anyway has left USA officials floundering.

"I think we have a lot of foes".

But on Sunday he undercut his own expectations-building.

The reactions were largely in line with what the Russian media said in the hours before the meeting.

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"Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin".

Trump relishes the pageantry of global set pieces in which he bestrides the world.

Putin also handed Trump a soccer ball, in honor of Russia's successful hosting of the World Cup tournament this year and the United States picking up hosting duties in 2026. He can use it to build legitimacy for his autocratic rule at home, by showing that he has restored Russian Federation to great power status after the humiliation of the Soviet collapse.

"Many countries in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made".

And he gets to greet the President in private.

In a follow-up tweet, Trump wrote that Russian Federation has agreed to help in delicate negotiations with North Korea.

"In a sense, we're competitors ... he's not my enemy". Trump leaned forward in his chair, his hands tented in front of him and frequently glanced over at the Russian president.

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Chants of "We love Trump, we love Trump" broke out as the president's motorcade passed, and Trump waved. Trump and Putin will then have a larger meeting with other USA and Russian officials, and end the day with a joint press conference.

"I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today", Trump said Monday.

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Trump and Putin have held talks twice before.

"Getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing, not a bad thing", Trump told Putin during a handshake photo opportunity at their summit in Helsinki. The conditions were in place for effective co-operation on Syria, Putin added.

The official Twitter account of the Russian foreign ministry liked the tweet, shortly before posting a response saying: "We agree". Trump regularly criticizes American news media outlets and has called out some journalists by name.

He said their discussions would involve trade, the military, missiles, nuclear weapons and China, including their "mutual friend" China's Xi Jinping.

Spokespeople for the Justice Department and special counsel Robert Mueller declined to comment on Trump's comments or on Putin's purported offers for assistance.

He is now blaming the special counsel for the tortured state of relations with Russian Federation.

The call was reportedly the same one in which Trump is believed to have congratulated Putin on his election victory. But The No. 2 Republican, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, questioned whether demands for a Russian confession were worthwhile.

"NATO has, I think, never been stronger". They are another country. "So I want us to be able to sit down, to negotiate the best deal for Britain".

"They're making a big mistake", Paul said.

Organizers said the event wasn't aimed at either of the presidents.

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Putin told reporters that Moscow "will never interfere in internal American affairs".

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