5 most ridiculous moments from that disturbing Trump-Putin press conference

5 most ridiculous moments from that disturbing Trump-Putin press conference

The damage inflicted by President Trump's naivete, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate.

US President Donald Trump said after meeting Vladimir Putin on Monday he saw no reason to believe his own intelligence agencies rather than trust the Kremlin leader on the question of whether Russian Federation interfered to help him win the 2016 election. "And also, for your team itself doing so well", Trump said to Putin.

"Any meaningful improvement in our relationship with Russian Federation must be exclusively dependent on whether Putin's government starts to behave as a good faith actor on the world stage", Tillis said in a statement.

Even if Putin didn't specifically order meddling to benefit Trump in 2016, USA officials say Russian Federation tried to undermine Americans' faith in their government.

"We have not been getting along well for the last number of years", Trump said after arriving at the Presidential Palace in Finland's capital, where the leaders are meeting. But Cooper's initial assessment, made right after it ended, was among the most startling because he was anchoring the network's news coverage.

World leaders once snubbed Putin, but the Helsinki summit put him on equal footing with the head of the world's most powerful country. They said they think it's Russian Federation.

"I don't see any reason why it would be" Russia, Trump said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) contradicted the president, saying there was "no question" about Russia's election interference. He said Putin wanted Clinton to win because of his toughness on Russian Federation. Ryan said Russian Federation "remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals".

Clapper described Putin as an "arch enemy of the United States" who seeks to undermine its democracy and elections.

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The Kremlin has denied any state action in the election.

Tension created by earlier comments from President Trump stating that Germany was being "held captive" by Russian Federation over oil seemed to die down, with Trump calling Putin a "good competitor" to have.

Trump is being heavily criticised for his behaviour at the press conference following the meeting, with CNN's Anderson Cooper referring to it as "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president". Putin has denied Russian Federation attempted to interfere in the US election.

Trump's comments flew in the face of the United States intelligence community's findings in January 2017 that the Russian government mounted an elaborate, multifaceted campaign aimed at elevating Trump to the presidency.

Reuters' Mason also asked Putin if he wanted Trump to win and if he directed any of his officials to help Trump win.

Speaking to salacious claims about Trump's business trips to Russian Federation that first surfaced in an election-year dossier prepared by an ex-British spy, Putin said, "I did not even know he was in Moscow".

And a former Central Intelligence Agency director says it's treasonous.

Another Republican senator, Jeff Flake, on Twitter called Trump's words "shameful".

And the top Democrat in the US Senate, Chuck Schumer, said Trump was "putting himself over our country" by siding with Putin instead of his own officials. Trump has increased sanctions, closed the Russian diplomatic properties in New York City, San Francisco, and Washington D.C., closed the Russian consulate in Seattle, expelled Russian diplomats from the US, and approved arms sales to Ukraine.

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