Trump an 'American patriot' says Turnbull after Putin meeting

Wednesday, 18 Jul, 2018

Whether it's their interference in Syria and the support for the murderous Assad regime, whether it's what they were responsible for in the chemical weapons attack in Salisbury on United Kingdom soil against British nationals. He made the untenable assertion that "I have confidence in both parties" - his intelligence officials, who say Moscow interfered, and Putin, who says it didn't.

Putin, for his part, said he and Trump have maintained regular contact through phone calls and meetings at global events but "the time has come to have a thorough discussion on various worldwide problems and sensitive issues".

Paul says, "I think these people are mistaken".

Trump drew swift, bipartisan backlash on Monday after he refuted his own intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election, saying while standing next to Putin that he doesn't "see any reason" why Russian Federation would have been behind the hacking.

The Kentucky Republican told reporters at the Capitol on Monday: "The Russians are not our friends". On this I agree with our intelligence community.

"While I had a great meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia", Trump said on Twitter. And he appeared to lean toward Putin on the matter, saying: "I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today".

This disappointment with Trump's behavior is well-justified.

On Sunday, she had issued a challenge to the man who defeated in the 2016 presidential race, writing in a tweet "Great World Cup".

"Diplomacy and engagement are better than hostility", Trump said.

"The intelligence community has assembled, probably, an unparalleled amount of evidence in regards to the Russian efforts - not just the efforts to interfere in 2016 but ongoing efforts to interfere in American society".

Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert all kicked off their Monday broadcasts with criticism of Trump's trip to Finland, in which he took a private meeting with Putin to discuss Russian interference in the 2016 election, then proceeded to defend Russia in a press conference later that day.

European Union President Donald Tusk, hit back against comments and said Trump was guilty of "spreading fake news" with his remark about foes. Vladimir Putin does not share our values.

Trump said he ran a clean campaign and beat Clinton soundly in 2016. "The damage inflicted by President Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate".

A top Republican senator says President Donald Trump's refusal to condemn Russian interference in the 2016 US election makes the USA "look like a pushover" in dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He added that he had spent a great deal of time talking to Putin about the accusations of election meddling, but that he had "no reason to believe" that President Putin's government had interfered with the United States presidential campaign in 2016.

"We had direct, open, deeply productive dialogue", Trump said.

In France, Le Monde topped its front page with: "Donald Trump, best of allies with Vladimir Putin".

The news conference, televised on the nation's biggest broadcast and cable news networks, drew strong reaction from commentators after it was over.

Noah played various news segments criticizing Trump's performance overseas, ending on one that called the press conference the "single most embarrassing performance by a US president on the world stage". Trump denies collusion, as he did repeatedly from the podium in Helsinki.

"It's a sad thing", Trump continued. He adds: "The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally". But Mr Trump's hold on the GOP is being put to the test by his willingness to align with Mr Putin, a leader whom Republicans routinely describe as an enemy of the United States.

Congress almost unanimously passed a sanctions law previous year targeting Moscow for election meddling and for its actions in Ukraine and Syria.

The Senate's top Democrat is accusing President Donald Trump of a "shameful performance" at a news conference alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin. He called it "nonsense" and insisted the Russian state had never interfered and would never interfere in the American electoral process.