Journalist bravely confronts Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin

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"From the president on down, we must do everything in our power to protect our democracy by securing future elections from foreign influence and interference, regardless of what Vladimir Putin or any other Russian operative says".

Trump made no mention of Putin's invasion, annexation and occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea; of Moscow's efforts to meddle in recent elections in Britain, France and Germany; nor of warnings from his own director of national intelligence that Russian Federation is preparing to interfere in the 2018 United States midterm elections.

U.S. President Donald Trump sat down with Vladimir Putin for a long-awaited summit on Monday saying he wanted good relations with Russian Federation, after blaming Washington's own past "foolishness and stupidity" for the countries' hostile ties. Browder has said he is Putin's No. 1 foreign enemy.

Butina apparently built close ties with the GOP through a gun rights organization, which sources say is the NRA, to advance Russia's interests in America, per the DOJ affadavit.

"All I can do is ask the question".

Anyone who knows anything about global politics knows the "extremely strong and powerful" denial of a dictator overrides the collective conclusions of US intelligence officials.

Wallace read Putin a portion of the indictment handed down by a federal grand jury last week in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation that accused 12 Russian intelligence officers of breaking into Democratic computer systems and stealing emails and documents. And I really think the world wants to see us get along. They were transferred to the United States.

He again stated that there was "no collusion" between his campaign and the Russians.

So I apologize to President Putin and to the Russian people.

Trump said the two also discussed nuclear proliferation, calling it "one of the most critical challenges facing humanity", as well as Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month.

Hours after his appearance with the United States president, Putin repeated his longstanding denial that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election in a bid to boost Trump's candidacy in an interview with the Fox News host Chris Wallace.

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"There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals", Ryan said in a statement.

Senator Lindsey Graham strongly criticised Mr Trump for failing to deliver a strong warning to Russian Federation.

"Our nation's top intelligence agencies all agree on that point", he said.

Putin, who earlier conceded he wanted Hillary Clinton to lose the election, echoed a line often pushed by Trump when pressed on the indictments: that the real issue was "corruption" within the Democratic party.

The veteran lawmaker - a strong critic of the president - called the Helsinki summit a "tragic mistake", in which Trump was "not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin".

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

Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who also has not seen eye-to-eye with the president, said the press conference "was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

Just hours after President Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, the Justice Department revealed charges against a Russian citizen for conspiracy against the U.S.

"Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse", Trump tweeted Monday morning, blaming "many years of USA foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!"

Other Republicans called Trump's remarks "outrageous", "an absolute disgrace", and "moronic".

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, a Republican and a Trump appointee, responded to Trump's remarks and stood by the US agencies.

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