"During today's meeting I addressed directly with President Putin the issue of Russian interference in our elections".
A longtime critic of President Trump, Brennan tweeted Monday, "Donald Trump's press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes & misdemeanors.' It was nothing short of treasonous".
The kicker? She met with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker during his bid for the presidency back in 2015. Putin's plane landed at the airport Helsinki-Vantaa is only around 13:00, while the beginning of the meeting scheduled for 13:15.
"Russian's meddling in the 2016 election is fact and the recent indictment from Director Mueller and the evidence it outlines proves that".
"They found it in their interest to meddle in our elections", Rohrabacher said of Russian Federation. "At 90 percent of the nuclear power in the world between these two nations, and we've had a phony witch hunt deal it drive us apart".
The Russian leader again denied any interference in the 2016 USA election but admitted he wanted Mr Trump to win the vote.
Graham posted on Twitter, "This answer by President Trump will be seen by Russian Federation as a sign of weakness and create far more problems than it solves". Trump also said he saw no reason why Putin would want to tamper with the 2016 election, trying to debunk the conclusion drawn by his entire intel community. "All of us have our own set of domestic problems", he continued.
Astonished Republicans and Democrats uniformly condemned Mr Trump, with harsh criticism coming even from hosts on Fox News - a network normally friendly to the president. But he also said that Putin firmly denied the allegation and that he saw no reason why Russian Federation would interfere in the race.
The issue is a big concern for many USA voters.
Vice President Mike Pence offered up the rosiest assessment of the press conference.
Sen. John McCain, meanwhile, issued a statement saying the "damage inflicted by President Trump's naivete, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate". Trump made it depressingly clear on Monday that he is incapable of providing it.More news: FIFA Passes The Ball To Qatar For 2022 World Cup
Saying "not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin". "I think we should have conversations", Paul said.
Trump and Vladimir Putin.
Michael McFaul, the USA ambassador to Russian Federation from 2012 to 2014, tweeted that Trump sided with Putin over Coats.
Both Senate and House Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi went so far as to hint that Trump's behavior might be explained by Putin possibly having some embarrassing information about Trump.
However, Putin suggested that Mueller send a request to Russian Federation in connection with those charged.
He noted that Russia would expect the USA to return the favor and cooperate in the Russian probe against Bill Browder, a British investor charged with financial crimes in Russia. Browder was a driving force behind a USA law targeting Russian officials over human rights abuses.
On Friday, a U.S. special counsel unveiled indictments of 12 Russian spies on charges of hacking Democratic Party computers as part of election meddling, the second set of charges against Russians in a probe that Trump calls a political witch hunt. "I think that the probe is a disaster for our country", Trump said, arguing that the investigation had harmed U.S. -Russia relations.
"President Trump's conduct during today's press conference with Vladimir Putin was risky and reckless".
The two presidents spoke during a joint news conference following talks in Helsinki.
"The President can't seem to separate collusion, which is whether his campaign cooperated, and what they did", says King.
Putin told Wallace he was optimistic that he and Trump could forge a better diplomatic relationship after Monday's meeting, and reach consensus on issues like the denuclearization of North Korea and the START treaty, which is set to expire in 2021. The president says it's a "shame" there is a cloud over his administration.