John Kerry: Trump 'surrendered lock, stock and barrel' to Putin's deceptions

Vladimir Putin and Robert Mueller

Vladimir Putin and Robert Mueller

The fallout to the meeting and press conference has called the conduct of both Mr Trump and Mr Putin into question, with the Russian President again denying the Russian state had any part in influencing the U.S. election - even as a Fox News journalist tried to hand him the indictment documents of 12 Russian intelligence officials during an interview.

Monday's summit with US President Donald Trump gave Putin a new level of worldwide prestige, especially for the many Russians exhilarated by what they see as their president's success in rebuilding their country's global influence.

"I have felt very strongly that while Russia's actions had no impact at all on the outcome of the election, let me be totally clear in saying that - and I've said this many times - I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place", Mr Trump said, before a meeting with Republican politicians at the White House.

Asked about USA intelligence agencies' unanimous conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election, Putin smirked: "I was an intelligence officer myself, and I do know how dossiers are made up". In Helsinki, he said that the Russian leader had offered "an extremely strong and powerful denial" of interference and so he would not forcefully offer evidence to the contrary. "I don't want to insult President Trump when I say this - and I may come [across] as rude - but before he announced that he will run for [the] presidency, he was of no interest for us". Now that same approach is allowing Putin to make common cause with the president of the United States to spurn the determination of American intelligence agencies and deny a U.S. special counsel's findings.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-ranking Republican in the House, said Trump "missed the opportunity" to deliver a stronger message to his Russian counterpart.

Love spills over: Even the CIA is following their boss' footsteps, when they warned the FSB, the Russian intelligence agency, of an impending terrorist attack in St Petersburg past year, leading to not just the arrest of seven suspects, but also leading to Putin thank Trump publicly. And so, yes, we have been involved in Russian Federation and their elections.

Former CIA director John Brennan slammed Trump's neglect of his own intelligence services.

"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 said the joint press conference in Helsinki was an impeachable offense. "But we need to put constraints on this, we need less histrionics", the source said. -Russian relations will require at least some change in problematic Russian policies, such as aggression against Ukraine, interference in USA domestic politics and involvement in Syria. Banks joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to discuss Trump's meeting with Putin. He went on to say, "It's not a right or left thing". And he found 81 times in which the US intervened in elections and about 36 times in the Soviet Union.

"It was nothing short of treasonous".

"So just to repeat it, I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't" and the sentence should have been - and I thought it would be maybe a little bit unclear on the transcript or unclear on the actual video - the sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation'".

Trump's warm words for Russian Federation were a marked contrast from the past week, when he repeatedly rebuked long-standing U.S. allies at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and during a visit to Britain.

Trump also dismissed the idea in his interview with Hannity, adding, "If they had it, it would have been out". But anyway, it would not have mattered because Putin answered for him, saying "This is utterly ridiculous!"

"But Putin does know exactly where and when he didn't get the material that he doesn't have", Colbert said.

On the eve of his summit with Putin, Trump added insult to injury by calling the European Union a "foe" for its trade policies in a CBS interview that aired on Sunday (July 15).

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Republican, said Trump's comments next to Putin made the United States look like a "pushover".

Wallace's one-on-one interview with Putin was recorded immediately following the Helsinki summit and aired during the Bret Baier Special Report on Monday evening.

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