Trump dismisses idea of compromising intel

Andrew Harnik | AP  President Donald Trump walks towards the West Wing of the White House in Washington Wednesday

Andrew Harnik | AP President Donald Trump walks towards the West Wing of the White House in Washington Wednesday

Russian President Vladimir Putin says his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump is the beginning of Russia's path back from Western isolation.

TRUMP on a Democratic National Committee server: "You have groups that are wondering why the Federal Bureau of Investigation never took the server".

In reference to the 2016 election hacking, Trump said, "I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today".

Trump's opponents at home were furious, with one Democratic congressman saying that Trump had turned the White House into "a propaganda arm for the Kremlin". We do think it's reckless to suggest at this point, as Democratic leaders did later Monday, that Russian Federation must have compromising info on our president. United States intelligence officials have said the Kremlin was behind the effort to help Trump defeat Clinton, and Mueller tied the hack to the Russian government by identifying the culprits as officers in a Russian military intelligence agency known as the GRU.

"Though relations were worse during the Cold War, at least then the USA presidency wasn't a propaganda arm for the Kremlin". Trump touted the summit as a chance to improve ties.

Asked on the Miranda Live program on Tuesday whether Mr Trump was a traitor, Mr Turnbull said: "Of course not".

Former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, weighed in after the summit.

"He defends the interests of the United States of America and I do defend the interests of the Russian Federation".

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His skepticism drew a quick formal statement — nearly a rebuttal — from Trump's director of national Intelligence, Dan Coats.

Putin spoke of the importance of the two countries working together and praised Trump, at one point interrupting the news conference to give the U.S. President a soccer ball.

Trump's performance in Helsinki raised the ire of a number of republicans from both houses of Congress. "It's the thing that he told me when he went in".

"I don't know how he can continue", Pfeiffer said, noting that Trump's comments came just days after Coats issued a warning about Russia's cyber threat.

It's obvious that no amount of evidence will budge the president from his reluctance to acknowledge the past and present threat posed by Russian Federation to American democracy.

Relations between the United States and Russian Federation deteriorated rapidly when Russian Federation invaded Crimea a few years ago. "But no, it would never occur to anyone that he would think of running for president". But on Monday in Helsinki, standing beside a smiling Vladimir Putin, Trump proved himself weak.

President Donald Trump said he sees no reason why Russian Federation would have interfered in the 2016 election. "Interference with the domestic affairs of the United States - do you really believe that someone acting from the Russian territory could have influenced the United States and influenced the choice of millions of Americans?"

The summit capped a trip overseas during which Trump accused North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies of failing to spend enough on their militaries and embarrassed British Prime Minister Theresa May by saying she refused to take his advice about how to negotiate Britain's exit from the EU.

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