Trump Says 'We're All to Blame' for Russian Election Meddling

Trump Says 'We're All to Blame' for Russian Election Meddling”

"Sam Husseini, communications director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, received press accreditation from The Nation to cover the summit between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki", the Nation's Caitlin Graf told TPM in an email.

Donald Trump's first summit with Vladimir Putin left him looking "incredibly weak" in comparison to his Russian counterpart, according to one of the U.S. president's own appointees. The president said he'd give it to his son, merrily passing it on to the First Lady, who sat in the first row. This isn't a gift, however: "We'd expect the reciprocate" and have USA law enforcement invite Russians to observe interrogations of American citizens Putin accuses of breaking the law in Russia. In addition, 248 Russian nationals and 442 of the country's companies are under US sanctions, the Kremlin says. I think the USA has been foolish.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday that the indictments were baseless and had been timed to poison the mood ahead of the summit. After Trump concluded his remarks, American reporters shouted several questions about whether he would bring up election meddling during his discussions with Putin.

When asked by a reporter whether he believed the various U.S. institutions that asserted Russian interference or Vladimir Putin, Trump did not provide a direct answer.

Putin said the United States and Russian Federation could collaborate to "establish peace and reconciliation" in Syria, with Trump adding by working together to end the conflict, the U.S. and Russian Federation could "save hundreds of thousands of lives".

A wave of condemnation immediately followed, with lawmakers calling Republican Trump "weak" and "cowardly", while Senator John McCain said the summit was "a tragic mistake".

Mr Putin has long-maintained that sanctions over Crimea are unjust and that the United States political establishment poisoned relations between the two countries in pursuit of its narrow partisan interests. "The bigger picture is we need to hold the Russians accountable for what they did, their malign activity throughout Europe as well". Coats was referred to by Trump at the Helsinki news conference, and then essentially dismissed. However, Trump said: "We're doing well with North Korea [so] we have time".

Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, said he's a proponent of diplomacy and dialog, but he's concerned about Russian aggression toward the USA and Europe, including Moscow meddling in elections.

"I hadn't thought of that", Trump said.

At the joint appearance in Finland with Putin, Trump repeated the Russian leader's denials about involvement in the election.

Fox News host Abby Huntsman, the daughter of the current U.S. ambassador to Russian Federation, said: "No negotiation is worth throwing your own people and country under the bus".

Putin added Russian Federation would be ready to analyse any findings together with the US.

Mr Putin will likely not be shooting for official recognition of Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea or the easing of crippling US sanctions, aware that the US Congress would never allow such action.

Abortion-rights activists dressed as heavily pregnant Donald Trumps demonstrated on the streets of Helsinki, just a stone's throw away from where the USA and Russian presidents met.

"The administration should proceed with caution in dealing with Putin and should hold Russian Federation accountable for their attacks on democratic societies and institutions", he said in a statement.

On Syria, a possible deal could see Moscow helping mediate the withdrawal of Iranian forces and their Hezbollah proxies from the areas alongside Syria's border with Israel - a diplomatic coup that would reflect Russia's carefully cultivated ties with both Israel and Iran.

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