Putin says Russian Federation has never interfered with USA elections

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Trump said neither he nor Putin see any reason why Russian Federation should do that. I've been here not too long, but it's getting close to two years.

"I'm not going with high expectations", he said.

The US and Russian leaders came out of their meeting in Helsinki expressing a desire to cooperate on global challenges, after talks on an array of issues from Syria, Ukraine and China to trade tariffs and the size of their nuclear arsenals. Before that, he was a Republican senator from Nebraska. And he is with me now.

Trump again denied any collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin, while Putin insisted: "The Russian state has never interfered and is not planning to interfere in the USA's internal affairs". "So certainly as the leader of a country you would have to hold him responsible, yes".

Mr Trump said last week that he would raise the meddling issue again with Mr Putin, but questions have been swirling about whether the USA leader will sharply and publicly rebuke his Russian counterpart for the interference that prompted a special investigation probe that Trump has repeatedly labelled a "witch hunt". And he appeared to lean toward Putin on the matter, saying: "I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today".

"They discussed the Skripal case and the ongoing situation in Salisbury, but she didn't direct the president to do anything in particular because the position the United States has set out on this is very, very clear and the president couldn't have been clearer in public about who he believes is responsible and the action that they have taken". So I don't think it merits any criticism of President Obama's handling of what happened in 2016. "And I think it'll be to our advantage, just like with North Korea". "This is nonsense." Putin said, "There's no evidence when it comes to the actual facts, we have to be guided by facts not by rumors". That's not the way to lead.

Some lawmakers had also called on Trump to reiterate the US position opposing Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea.

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"On the world's stage, in front of the entire globe, the President of the United States essentially capitulated and seems intimidated by Vladimir Putin".

Addressing reporters before the one-on-one meeting, Mr Putin struck a casual pose during Mr Trump's remarks, slouching in his chair with his legs wide and eyes low.

The U.S. intelligence community has been clear about the threat posed by Russian political interference and will continue "to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence" assessments, the Director of National Intelligence said on Monday. Engagement is tremendous. I'm for engagement, always have been, but there's got to be a strategic goal behind it. I always have been with great powers.

The first lady was also poised and collected while greeting another world leader just days before her encounter with Putin. This was not a real estate transactional kind of arrangement. There has to be preparation.

KING: All right. We're going to try to sort through this from a couple angles now. What would you like to see come out of this? Richard, let me start with you. But more to the point, the bottom line is, what is our strategic interest here? He went into it very weakened because of a divided alliance that he actually perpetuated as well as a divided country. It was, I think, a very delicate, hard situation for President Obama, but I don't see where the criticism comes in.

"Instead, I was dragged out of their press conference before it even began and into a Finnish jail", Husseini wrote. You know, what did the president say when it came to joint military exercises in the Baltics, which is an irritant to Russian Federation? Chuck Hagel served as secretary of defense in the Obama administration.

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