Even Fox News was critical of the President. Putin's response was unequivocal: "the transit will go on if Gazprom and Naftogaz resolve their dispute in the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce", Medvedchuk said, adding that he believed setting up a gas consortium involving Ukraine, Russia and European Union member states would help solve the gas issue. The rest of the world hears you! He may claim that he in fact did confront Putin vigorously during the press conference and that his inveterate enemies are simply plotting against him and Russian to judgment.
"I really think the world wants to see us get along", Trump said.
Senator Ben Sasse called it "bizarre" and "flat-out wrong" for Trump to suggest that both the United States and Russian Federation are to blame for deteriorated relations.
Yet while Trump's remarks drew criticism in both parties, the reaction was more muted from the Republican side. "We made the same case when I was in Moscow a couple weeks ago".
Praising Russia's role as host, Trump said of the North American joint-host committee, "We hope we do as good a job".
Asked at a press conference after the Helsinki summit today whether he believes US intelligence agencies or the Kremlin, President Trump said Russian President Vladimir Putin made a "very powerful" denial of Moscow's 2016 campaign influence operation and said he has "confidence in both parties".
The leaders' news conference was overshadowed by talk of 2016 and Russian Federation interference, and as Trump remained focused on pushing back on questions about his election, the rest of the bilateral relationship was left to Putin to explain.
Putin, however, also said he wanted to separate Israeli and Syrian forces. He was even more pellucid: "Frankly the United States is under attack". He also said the US investigation into Russian involvement has been a "disaster" that's kept the United States and Russia "separated". For those keeping track at home, that was not a yes.
While on stage with Putin, however, Trump criticized the investigation led by Robert Mueller for playing a role in the conflict between the countries. Trump was unable to move beyond the campaign rhetoric of 2016 or stand up for United States national interests.
How would that work? Putin alleged that USA intelligence officers helped Magnitsky transfer a "huge amount of money, $400 million as a contribution to the campaign of [Democratic Party candidate and former Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton". Putin, however, did, saying he'd be willing to invite Mueller's team over to observe Russian interrogations of the men Mueller accused of the attack.
If Putin does not have something on Trump, "what the heck could it be?" the New York Democrat said, echoing Pelosi.
Putin was asked directly if he had some compromising information on Trump. It's something a lot of people are wondering these days, considering Trump's recent disturbing behavior. He also passed when the Associated Press reporter gave him an opportunity to "warn [Putin] to never do it again".
There was no big agreement on anything other than to try to improve the relationship..
They met on the sidelines of world leader meetings in Germany and Vietnam a year ago.