Wave of condemnation hits Trump after summit with Putin

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President Donald Trump continues to deny Russian interference in the US election, doing so again in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday.

"On some questions he sticks to his opinion", Putin added, giving the example of Trump's decision to quit the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran.

Standing side-by-side with Mr Putin, Mr Trump yesterday refused to blame the Russian leader for meddling in the United States 2016 election, casting doubt on the findings of his own intelligence agencies and sparking a storm of criticism at home.

The two leaders met one-on-one for more than two hours, with just their interpreters present, before they were joined by their national security teams. "We must not tolerate efforts by Russian Federation or other actors that disrupt our democracy or undermine our interests around the globe".

"It's clear that the Russians have done interference in the USA elections and they will do more such interference because it was".

President Donald Trump said that the "phony" Mueller investigation was driving relations between the USA and Russian Federation to a new low, but that their meeting had reset relations. Putin looks like a champion, ' the official told The Daily Beast.

The Russian foreign ministry responded by liking Trump's tweet and then replying, "We agree".

Lawmakers from both major political parties derided Trump's remarks, with both Democrats and Republicans saying the USA president appeared weak in front of Putin.

However, before the summit began, Mr Trump blamed his own country for the deterioration in relations. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who said of Trump's news conference: "I did not think this was a good moment for our country".

Leslie Vinjamuri, head of the U.S. and Americas program at the Chatham House think tank, said Trump's style of first criticizing allies through tweets and then declaring publicly that all was well was part of a pattern that seemed intentional.

Putin was re-elected in a disputed election in March with the main opposition leader Alexei Navalny barred from running on what he says was a pretext.

Facing withering bipartisan criticism over his refusal to publicly acknowledge Russian election meddling during his meeting with President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump says the two superpowers "must get along".

"We had direct, open, deeply productive dialogue", Trump said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., repeated his earlier assessment that the Russians are "not our friends". And the detailed allegations in the indictment make clear that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mueller's team believe they were able to pinpoint the hackers by name and establish how the cyberattacks unfolded. The US government also sought Russian government help through a mutual legal assistance treaty, but according to a court filing this month, "no further steps have been taken within Russia to effectuate service".

"[Russia] remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals".

The White House said Trump would meet with members of Congress on Tuesday.

"Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russian Federation accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning". It was a remarkable break with us intelligence officials and the Justice Department.

His remarks, siding with a foe on foreign soil over his own government, was a stark illustration of Trump's willingness to upend decades of US foreign policy and rattle Western allies in service of his political concerns.

The only tangible sign of progress was Putin's gift of a World Cup soccer ball to Trump.

We saw our president taking the side of Putin over the consensus of our country's intelligence agencies. I would describe that as Donald Trump's Neville Chamberlain moment.