That the president was attended in Helsinki by a team of competent and patriotic advisors makes his blunders and capitulations all the more painful and inexplicable."No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant".
Like every other place the USA president has traveled in Europe over the last week, large protests also took place in the Finnish capitol of Helsinki on Sunday-a day ahead of a highly anticipated and much-hyped meeting with his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin.
Coats added that Russian Federation remains behind "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".
House Speaker Paul Ryan delivered a strongly worded statement, saying there's "no question" that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election, and noting that US intelligence agencies and a House panel agreed.
He said that his meeting with Putin "might be the easiest of them all" amid controversy over his handling of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation agreement on increased defense spending and trade talks with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.
"We were not able to clear all the backlog, but I think we made a first important step in this direction", he said.
Trump and Vladimir Putin.AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais Adding that the alleged hacking operation "was really a third-rate operation", DeSantis told Fox News that the Russians have gotten a lot of "mileage" out of it because it has been zeroed in on "by the president's political opponents, both in the Democratic Party and the press".
Addressing reporters before the one-on-one meeting, Putin struck a casual pose during Trump's remarks, slouching in his chair with his legs wide and eyes low. He disagrees with US intelligence chiefs who say that Russian Federation could meddle in future elections.
He cited Putin's "extremely strong and powerful" denials of such interference.
Trump and Putin had met twice previously but the Helsinki summit represented their most significant convocation to date, an encounter replete with non-verbal cues as two leaders known for their tough personas sized each other up once again.
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But Trump's top aide signaled that would not be the approach the president takes.
'The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally, ' Ryan, R-Wis., said in a statement. "What they did was a direct attack on our democracy".
Of course dialogue between Russian Federation and the United States - on Syria, nuclear disarmament, Iran, Crimea and others matters - is desirable, even essential.
U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) speaks with news media at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, U.S., July 16, 2018.
For good measure, Trump dumped on his own country, "I think that the United States has been foolish".
"For the president of the United States to side with President Putin against American law enforcement, American defense officials, and American intelligence agencies is thoughtless, dangerous, and weak", said Chuck Schumer, the senior Democrat in the Senate.
"Why wouldn't special counsel Mueller send us an official request within the framework of this agreement?" Trump wrote on Twitter.
Retired spy chiefs were more direct however.
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