Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Fox's Sean Hannity praises Trump as "very strong" at Putin presser


The President faced significant criticism after his summit with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, when he seemed to undermine the United States intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump, speaking in Helsinki after his first summit with Putin, said he saw no reason to believe his own country's intelligence agencies over the Kremlin leader's assurances that Russian Federation did not interfere in the USA election.

Politicians from both major parties and former intelligence officials appeared shocked, dismayed and uneasy with Mr Trump's suggestion he believes Mr Putin's denial of interfering in the 2016 elections.

And the President gave no criticism of Russian Federation or the cyber-hacking of the 2016 election USA intelligence agencies say the leader of the Eastern superstate co-ordinated.

"As I said today and many times before, "I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people", Trump said on Twitter. MORE offered a blistering criticism of President TrumpDonald John TrumpShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump's turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, saying that Trump "surrendered lock, stock and barrel" to his Russian counterpart.

"My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others", Trump said.

"Whether it be chemical attacks on our allied soil, the invasion of Ukraine, propping up the murderer Assad in Syria, or meddling in our elections through cyber-attacks, Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation remains an adversary to the United States. It's not a term I prefer to use.it's the kind of thing I'd like to see after more investigative processes and legal findings".

Trump said that the investigation had driven relations between the two countries to a historic low, but that the meeting with Putin had improved their relationship.

Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper called Trump's acquiescence to Putin "an incredible capitulation", while former CIA chief John Brennan labeled it "nothing short of treasonous".

He later went on to say that before the meeting, the U.S. relationship with Russian Federation was a "potential problem". He said USA officials could request to be present at such questioning in line with a 1999 agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal cases.

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In their totality, Trump's remarks amounted to an unprecedented embrace of a man who for years has been isolated by the US and Western allies for actions in Ukraine, Syria and beyond. "In addition to his comments at the press conference, Putin again denied any Russian interference in the USA election in an interview with Fox News" Chris Wallace. One can only hope that things went better in the actual discussions, but it's not clear there is any reason to believe that.

"This is shameful", said Senator Jeff Flake, a fellow Republican and staunch critic of the president.

Trump was too puny a fish, pre-White House, for him to have bothered to collect compromising information on, Putin said. "This is utterly ridiculous".

Toomey said in a statement that unless Putin helps the United States prosecute Russians accused in the hacking, "the United States should impose tough new sanctions on Russia".

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican candidate for president, called Trump's behavior "disgraceful and detrimental to our democratic principles" and said it "undermines our national integrity and impairs our global credibility".

Trump also dismissed the idea in his interview with Hannity, adding, "If they had it, it would have been out".

Mr Trump's warm words for Russian Federation were a marked contrast from the past week when he repeatedly rebuked traditional United States allies at a summit of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and during a visit to Britain.

"We did make a good start today", Putin said.

Trump's warm words for Russian Federation were a marked contrast from the past week, when he repeatedly rebuked long-standing U.S. allies at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and during a visit to Britain.

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