He stood next to Putin and attacked domestic political rivals, the Justice Department, and the FBI for investigating what happened while ignoring questions over his own intelligence community's assessment that Putin did, in fact, order a sophisticated influence campaign in states that ultimately decided the election outcome.
"The President can't seem to separate collusion, which is whether his campaign cooperated, and what they did", says King.
AP reporter Jonathan Lemire courageously asked "does the Russian Government have any compromising material on President Trump or his family?"
Trump's own national security adviser said the Russian election attack constituted an "act of war". The positive feeling was echoed by Putin, who said that the meeting marked the first steps to restore "an acceptable level of trust" between both nations.
Browder, who recently called Putin a "pipsqueak" on "Countdown to the Closing Bell," said the Russian president has so much disdain toward the Magnitsky Act that it has propelled him to insert Browder as part of the conversation with the leader of the free world.
On the issue that has dominated United States coverage of the summit, Trump said he saw no reason to believe his own intelligence agencies rather than trust the Kremlin leader on the question of whether Russsia interfered to help him win the 2016 election.
And, Trump once again seemed to doubt the US intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.
Taking to Twitter Monday morning, the president said, "Our relationship with Russian Federation has never been worse thanks to many years of United States foolishness and stupidity and now, the rigged witch hunt!"
The incident is believed to be linked to the poisoning of a former Russian spy in March.
"They probably won't", Trump said.
Mr Trump cowardly dodged the question without denouncing Russian Federation, or even hinting that there was any misconduct.
"He was just saying that everything they put out was actual information", said Wallace.
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On US-Russia cooperation in Syria, Trump stressed that both countries had the potential to "save hundreds of thousands of lives" by working together.
As he has done with many other foreign leaders, Mr Putin kept Mr Trump waiting, landing about an hour after his scheduled arrival time.
Mr Putin was not amused.
"Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse", Trump tweeted Monday morning, blaming "many years of USA foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!" He added that they "spent a great deal of time talking about it".
Trump's statements at Monday's news conference prompted some Democrats to publicly speculate about the reasons behind his deference to Putin.
Mr Trump said he and Mr Putin would discuss a range of issues, from trade to the military, along with missiles and China.
A lot of the questions focused on Russia's intrusion into the USA election campaign (the considered position of the key USA intelligence agencies) and specifically the indictment by the Mueller probe of 12 Russian intelligence agents.
Mr Putin added that other issues that Russian Federation would like to discuss in the arms control sphere are the U.S. missile defence plans and the weaponisation of space.
CBS' Margaret Brennan said she was messaging some USA officials during the speech who said they were turning off the television.
'We have 90% of the nuclear, and that's not a good thing, it's a bad thing.
The Russian leader said: "It's good that the gradual resolution of the problem of the Korean peninsula has begun". Putin did not hesitate, when asked directly, to acknowledge he was hoping that Trump would be elected.
He said that when he referred to Mr Putin as a competitor, he meant it as a compliment. Mr Trump had previously criticised the pipeline.
An apparent protester was seated with the American press corps holding a sign about nuclear weapons.
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He said he was thankful no one was hurt - though two of his grandchildren were in his driveway minutes before the attack. He said: "I would appeal for calm". "We are very open and Sinn Fein can be contacted through any of our offices".
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Geological Survey said the lava was transforming into a fast-flowing river capable of covering roughly 200 yards per hour. It was unclear exactly where or when the incident occurred. "It punctured a hole right through the roof of the boat".