Trump to meet with members of Congress after summit criticism

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The president has since backtracked on his remarks during the press conference with Putin, telling reporters on Tuesday that he misspoke and insisting that he fully accepts the US intelligence community's conclusions regarding Russian interference efforts.

New York Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both Democrats, issued statements on the summit, with Schumer holding a press conference Monday afternoon to implore Republican leaders to increase sanctions on Russian Federation and hold the president accountable.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director recently said he no longer considers himself a Republican.

Asked about United States intelligence agencies' unanimous conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election, Putin smirked: "I was an intelligence officer myself, and I do know how dossiers are made up".

Trump said that the meeting was the beginning of a long process, along with a strong dialogue with Russian Federation.

"I think you see for yourself that these efforts failed, and they were never bound to succeed", he said. "The Republican Party has left me and many others", Comey said.

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In their totality, Trump's remarks amounted to an unprecedented embrace of a man who for years has been isolated by the United States and Western allies for actions in Ukraine, Syria and beyond.

A post-NATO trip to Britain, supposedly America's partner in a "special relationship", was riddled with controversy as well.

The two leaders' long-awaited summit began with a private face-to-face sit down - just the leaders and their interpreters - that lasted more than two hours, before additional meetings joined by senior aides.

Putin assessed that relations between Russian Federation and the United States are "in a hard state", but hopes that the two sides will now understand each other better. Browder, an outspoken Putin critic, was a driving force behind a USA law targeting Russian officials over human rights abuses.

"We know the Russians meddled in our elections, and we must continue our sanctions and diplomatic pressure against Putin's actions".

Trump pointed out that relations between the two countries have never been worse, but that "everything has changed" after the talks. "Trump just channels his and the Russian Foreign Ministry and RT narrative that it was all Obama's fault".

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However, the prime minister said he found the evidence for Russian interference in the U.S. elections "very compelling".

That is contrary to what USA intelligence agencies are telling Trump.

Yet Trump appeared to take Putin's word in dismissing that conclusion.

"I called Putin a competitor, and a good competitor he is". "Isn't it natural to feel sympathy to a person who wanted to develop relations with our country?" "Nobody gives it to us, he said".

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.

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