Local Lawmakers React To President Trump’s Visit With Vladimir Putin

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A number of American media outlets have accused the USA president of treason following his meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, in which Mr Trump said he trusted his Russian counterpart ahead of his own intelligence services.

On Monday, after Trump's press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Comey tweeted, "This was the day an American president stood on foreign soil next to a murderous lying thug and refused to back his own country". Trump was under intense pressure to take a tough line with Putin, but when they emerged, he didn't have anything critical to say.

"President Putin says it's not Russian Federation".

Trump stunned U.S. political allies and foes alike with his answer to a question about Russian hacking and interference in the 2016 election which saw him defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we can not exclusively focus on the past - as the world's two largest nuclear powers, we must get along". "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", President Trump said. We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security.

In Helsinki, however, Trump was determined to accentuate the positive, as was Putin.

New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both Democrats, issued statements on the summit, with Schumer holding a press conference Monday afternoon to implore Republican leaders to increase sanctions on Russian Federation and hold the president accountable.

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Corker, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said the first step was to get Pompeo to appear, "hopefully" next week. But she took issue with the president's tone, saying Trump bullied other countries into something and then took credit for it.

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And he reserved a special word for team-mate Luka Modric: 'He is, not one of, the best midfield player in the world. In the Champions League final, I didn't see two better centre-halves than him - only more ruthless.

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Djokovic was overcome with emotion following his victory: "It's hard to pick the words [for how this feels]". That total also was more than double the amount he's had in any match against Nadal (11, on two occasions).

Retired spy chiefs were more direct. Coat's predecessor, James Clapper, called Trump's acquiescence to Putin "an incredible capitulation", while former Central Intelligence Agency chief John Brennan labelled it "nothing short of treasonous".

A post-NATO trip to Britain, supposedly America's partner in a "special relationship", was riddled with controversy as well. For two hours, they met alone, with only translators present.

"Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!" "Trump just channels his and the Russian Foreign Ministry and RT narrative that it was all Obama's fault".

Cupp specifically bristled at the idea of Trump potentially taking up Putin on his offer of having his investigators work on the case in which 12 Russian intelligence officers were indicted Friday for interfering in the election.

"I called Putin a competitor, and a good competitor he is".

Just as Putin has long seen a sinister hand behind U.S. state actions, Trump declared of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, "That was a total witch hunt". "Nobody gives it to us, he said".

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