'Utterly ridiculous': Vladimir Putin rejects claims of Russian influence in 2016 election

Annette Crawford
July 17, 2018

"Once again, President Trump mentioned the issue of the so-called interference of Russia with the American elections, and I had to reiterate things I said several times, including during our personal contacts, that the Russian state has never interfered and is not going to interfere into internal American affairs, including election process", Putin said via a translator during a joint press conference following the meeting.

US President Donald Trump launched a strong verbal attack on Germany on Wednesday (11 July) for its support to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, aimed at bringing more Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

Paul called the constant criticism in Washington of Trump's efforts to improve relations with Russian Federation a "Trump derangement syndrome".

The war hero and former Republican presidential nominee, a frequent critic of the president, said Trump "failed to defend all that makes us who we are - a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and overseas".

Trump has also been urged to raise the poisoning of two people in the United Kingdom who came into contact with the nerve agent Novichok.

Helsinki showed that Trump meant what he said when he declared repeatedly, "Peace with Russian Federation is a good thing, not a bad thing".

On the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump pulled the U.S. out of, he said Putin "probably would have liked to keep the deal in place", but that it wasn't good for America.

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin were welcomed to Helsinki, Finland, with a potent message about the importance of press freedom ahead of their bilateral summit.

Butina apparently built close ties with the GOP through a gun rights organization, which sources say is the NRA, to advance Russia's interests in America, per the DOJ affadavit.

Independent Sen. Angus King serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee and says President Trump's comments were astounding, and they ignored the findings of his own intelligence agencies. Putin too has rejected the allegations.

Putin took a ride in it from one building inside the Kremlin to another on his inauguration day in May. "President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin".

The president reiterated that Putin strongly denied collusion and also brushed off the idea Russian Federation had compromising information on Trump.

With a quick answer from Trump to a shouted question saying he thought his long meeting with Putin was "a good start", the journalists were sent back to their holding area to await the main event. "It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected - immediately", Gingrich tweeted.

"Donald Trump's press conference performance in Helsinki rises to and exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes and misdemeanors, '" Brennan wrote on Twitter, referring to the threshold for impeachment.

"It was nothing short of treasonous". He is wholly in the pocket of Putin.

In the United Kingdom, the Guardian splashed on a picture of Trump and Putin's Helsinki handshake with the headline "Nothing short of treasonous: Trump accused over Putin talks". "I will say this - I don't see any reason why it would be", Mr Trump said.

The meeting in Helsinki took place in the midst of frayed relations between the U.S. and its European allies, following a contentious North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, and after 12 Russian military intelligence officers were indicted in the United States for hacking Democrats in the 2016 election.

The president did reiterate his concern about global nuclearization and said it's the "most important" issue to him.

"We're talking about. all these different things, and we get questions on the witch hunt", President Trump said.

As often happens with the Russian leader, Putin ran late - his airplane did not land until after 1 p.m. - leaving Trump cooling his heels in his guesthouse for nearly an hour past his scheduled time to leave for the palace.

For the president to double down on his insistence that there wasn't any collusion, or even any meddling by Russian Federation at all, was perhaps the best Putin could get out of him at this summit, and he did not disappoint. "Trump just colluded with Russian Federation".

Trump thereby repudiated the records and agendas of the neocons and their liberal interventionist allies, as well as the archipelago of War Party think tanks beavering away inside the Beltway. "He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world".

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