Moskow. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused forces in the United States of trying to undermine the success of his first summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, but said the two leaders had begun to improve U.S. -Russia ties anyway.Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Russian ambassadors and representatives to global organisations in Moscow, Russia, July 19, 2018.
Trump lashed out on Twitter about the news media coverage surrounding Monday's meeting with Putin, which has focused heavily on Trump's refusal to publicly confront Putin about Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Just the two of them, each with a translator.
During the Helsinki debacle, when Trump was asked if he believed Putin when he said he didn't meddle or if he believed the intelligence committee, he said, "I have confidence in both parties".
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Putin noted that Russia would expect the U.S.to return the favor and cooperate in the Russian probe against William Browder, a British investor charged of financial crimes in Russia. Trump leaned forward in his chair, his hands tented in front of him and frequently glancing over at his Russian counterpart.
"He just said it's not Russia", Trump said during a news conference following talks between the two leaders. At one point, he shot Putin a wink.
Putin told reporters that Moscow "will never interfere in internal American affairs".
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John McCain of Arizona said in a statement on Monday. "I realize there is a need for some clarification", he said. The White House said Trump would address the summit to reporters ahead of an otherwise unrelated 2 p.m.
Trump did not respond; Putin appeared to smirk.
Out on the streets, the summit attracted a grab-bag of protesters, with abortion-rights activists wearing artificially bulging bellies and Trump masks, anti-fascist protesters bearing signs with expletive-laden insults, and free traders, anti-war Ukrainians and gay rights supporters making their voices heard.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to reporters Monday in Boston. Not mentioned: Election meddling or Syria.
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Observers have raised concerns about the fact that the leaders met alone during their first meeting, but for a pair of interpreters, meaning there will be no corroborating witnesses to accurately represent what was said during the conversation. But Trump declined the opportunity to denounce Putin for the interference efforts, which USA intelligence agencies insist did occur, including hacking of Democratic emails, the subject of last week's indictment of 12 Russians.
On Thursday, Mr Trump accused opponents of preferring to go to war rather than seeing good relations with Russian Federation. He claimed Obama "was informed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation about Russian Meddling, he said it couldn't happen, was no big deal, & did NOTHING about it". During meetings in Belgium with other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders, Trump accused Germany of being beholden to Russian Federation because of oil and said the United States puts in more than it gets out of the alliance.
Trump ignited another firestorm on Wednesday by appearing to suggest that Russian Federation is no longer seeking to interfere in US elections - prompting the White House to assert hours later that his words had been misconstrued.
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A post-NATO trip to Britain, supposedly America's partner in a "special relationship", was riddled with controversy as well. However, the prime minister said he found the evidence for Russian interference in the U.S. elections "very compelling".
"The sentence should have been: "I don't see any reason why I wouldn't" or "why it wouldn't be Russia".