Sen. Johnson: Putin wrong about Russian Federation election meddling

  • Sen. Johnson: Putin wrong about Russian Federation election meddling

Sen. Johnson: Putin wrong about Russian Federation election meddling

"When Mr Trump would come to Moscow as a businessman, I did not even know he was in Moscow", Putin told the news conference. "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".

The two presidents spent more than two hours speaking face to face with only their translators present.

Putin said the United States and Russian Federation could collaborate to "establish peace and reconciliation" in Syria, with Trump adding by working together to end the conflict, the U.S. and Russian Federation could "save hundreds of thousands of lives".

Senior Republican Senator Lindsey Graham described Trump's Helsinki summit and joint press conference with Putin as a "missed opportunity" to hold Russian Federation accountable for meddling in the 2016 election.

Afterward, Trump's national intelligence director, Dan Coats, restated the consensus of USA intelligence: "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". "President Putin says it's not Russian Federation".

"My people came to me, [Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coats came to me, some others, they said they think it's Russia", Trump said. And what he did is an incredible offer.

"I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship ..."

Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina issued a statement criticizing Russian Federation, but not mentioning Trump.

Former CIA Director Thomas Brennan called Trump's comments treasonous.

Trump, in opening remarks, said that U.S. -Russia relations had been at their lowest point until the two sat down face-to-face in a highly-anticipated summit.

He called this a "dream" scenario for Putin and said Trump is either weak or a traitor.

Asked whether he would extradite to the United States 12 Russian military intelligence officers recently indicted on charges of interfering with the USA election, Putin described the men as "alleged intelligence officers" and launched into a long explanation of a 1999 treaty on Mutual Assistance on Criminal Cases, saying Moscow would be happy to question the men for US officials and even to allow those officials to be present at the questioning.

Trump has been reluctant to blame Russian Federation for the hacks and again Monday refused to embrace the intelligence community assessment. "Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin".

Putin's very loud non-answer to the question to the very direct question suggests he does.

"Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of USA foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!".

Democrats were, of course, also harsh in their reaction to the president. "I don't even remember their last names", he said, denying that Russian Federation spied on them.

Representative Darrell Issa of California said he takes the charges filed by Mueller's team seriously, but added, "I personally would neither rule in nor rule out the validity of a very interesting and odd-timed indictment of people who can never be brought to justice".