He also declared the "era of acute ideological confrontation" between the USA and Moscow is over.
Trump, just hours before his highly anticipated one-on-one meeting with Putin, took to social media to cast blame for the state of the American relationship with Moscow. The president tried dodging a question about Russian interference by pivoting to conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton's email server and the Democratic National Committee's server that had been compromised by Russian spies.
The president also told CBS News in an interview that he "hadn't thought" about asking Putin to extradite the dozen Russian military intelligence officers indicted this past week in Washington on charges related to the hacking of Democratic targets in the 2016 USA election.
Flake, who isn't running for re-election and has been a frequent critic of the president, took to Twitter after Trump and Putin held a joint news conference on Monday during their summit in Helsinki, Finland. They were joined by their top national security aides. Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin.
Those leaders are already fuming over Trump's imposition of trade tariffs on various countries, including Russian Federation.
Shortly before the summit opened, Trump was asked if he would press Putin over alleged Russian meddling in the United States presidential campaign. I will say this. He told reporters there's "no evidence when it comes to the actual facts".
He said that Russian Federation is a foe "in certain respects" and that China is a foe "economically ... but that doesn't mean they are bad".
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A day later, USA lawmakers continued to condemn Trump's performance. "It's nearly as if Donald Trump is embracing Putin's knees". In another, he wrote: "So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki".
Trump also reiterated that there was "no collusion" between his campaign and the Russian government.
Trump recently took aim at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation on Twitter before saying last week in a meeting with other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders that Moscow controlled Berlin because of an energy pipeline project.
Both said they see the need to cooperate to solve problems, including terrorism.
Last night, Germany's foreign minister said Europe could not rely on Mr Trump's administration for its support.
"Today we are facing a dilemma, whether to play a tough game, such as tariff wars and conflict in places like Ukraine and Syria, or to look for common solutions based on fair rules".
Editor-in-chief Kaius Nieme also explained that the banners are intended as a display of support for "colleagues who have to fight in ever toughening circumstances on a daily basis both in the USA and Russian Federation", noting that both countries sit pretty far down on the 2018 World Press Freedom Index.
The Russian leader said he's not aware of the details of the accusations against the 12 GRU officers.