Paul Ryan: ‘No question’ Russians meddled in 2016 USA election

Trump: "Mueller's probe is a disaster for our country". Trump parried a question about holding Russian Federation accountable for the poor relationship between the countries by insisting that the USA had been "foolish" and shared the blame for the acrimony. "I think we've all been foolish". It is hard to avoid the conclusion that the American president sincerely believes that there is no meaningful difference between the United States and Russian Federation, a regime that regularly murders dissident journalists and which appears to have recently deployed a toxic nerve agent in an attempted assassination inside the U.K. America is not beyond reproach, but Trump's apparent inability to differentiate between the United States and murderous, blatantly authoritarian regimes is a worrisome sign about both the limitations of his judgment and his own affinity for autocratic power. "I want to know where is the server and what is the server saying?"

He claimed to run a "clean campaign" and bragged about beating Clinton "easily".

In Helsinki, Putin said he had indeed wanted Trump to win the election - a revelation that might have made more headlines if not for Trump's performance - but had taken no action to make it happen.

Putin concluded the proceeding by ducking a question about whether Russian Federation has "any compromising material on President Trump or his family".

Putin, meanwhile, said he will "look into" the indictment and brought up a treaty between the two countries on dealing with criminal cases.

"In the entire history of our country, Americans have never seen a president of the United States support an American adversary the way @realDonaldTrump has supported President Putin", Schumer said.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats is countering his boss, President Donald Trump, and doubling down on the assertion that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.

Even Trump's sometimes-ally Senator Lindsey Graham of SC called the summit a "missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russian Federation accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections".

Daniel Coats was tapped by the president previous year to serve as director of national intelligence. House Speaker Paul Ryan, who rarely criticizes Trump, stressed there was "no question" that Russian Federation had interfered.

"Any statement by Vladimir Putin contrary to these facts is a lie and should be recognized as one by the President. It's not a right or left thing to me, it's just wrong", Cavuto said. "I don't see any reason why it should be".

Trump's opponents are notably more vehement than his supporters in their focus on the Russian Federation story.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands as they meet in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. "I think that's an incredible offer, OK?" I think that the United States has been foolish.

Putin on multiple occasions made troll-y remarks about the allegations that Russian Federation had dirt on Trump.

I have great confidence in my intelligence people.

A video shows a man, who is believed to be a journalist, being removed by an apparent Secret Service officer from the joint Putin-Trump press conference. And while he denied ordering the election interference, he did, for the first time, acknowledge he had a preference in the 2016 race.

The veteran lawmaker - a strong critic of the president - called the Helsinki summit a "tragic mistake", in which Trump was "not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin".

  • Joey Payne