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Trump says misspoke on Russian meddling

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak to the media during a joint press conference after their summit on Monday in Helsinki Trump says misspoke on Russian meddling
Gerardo Duncan | 19 July, 2018, 09:43

For Vladimir Putin, holding a summit with Donald Trump was a victory in itself.

Gladysh says he wasn't surprised Trump didn't use the summit to call out Putin for meddling with the U.S elections.

Mr Trump also blamed poor relations with Russia on past USA administrations rather than Russian actions.

Some such as former Canadian ambassador Ferry de Kerckhove would like to see Trudeau work with allies to take a more assertive stand with Trump when it comes to defending shared values, which he argued is easier now than ever with North American free trade talks having stalled.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., rejected the idea of "moral equivalence" between the US and the Russian Federation. Well, no one was really clear on what the meeting was for.

On Comedy Central's "The Daily Show", host Trevor Noah opened his show by saying "if your name is Vladimir Putin then today was a very good day".

And in that, Putin got what he went for.

In a later interview with Fox News, Mr Putin said it was "utterly ridiculous" that some people thought Russian Federation could have influenced the U.S. elections.

Just days before the Helsinki summit, the Justice Department indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking into Democrat email accounts and releasing stolen information during the election.

Taking direct issue with the president who appointed him, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said US spy agencies have been "clear" and "fact-based" in their assessment that Moscow interfered in the presidential race two years ago - an assessment that Trump refused to endorse in Helsinki. "Come here, meet, discuss, and all questions will be decided in the right way".

However, it remains unclear if Trump secured Putin's help to maintain global sanctions and pressure on the Kim Jong-un regime.

On Monday, Trump rebuked the United States intelligence community by declining to endorse the government's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 president election. The fact that the president's statements are at odds with the rest of his administration brought up the question that many have always been wondering, does Russian Federation have something on Mr. Trump?

Putin sought to emphasize areas where Moscow and Washington could find some common ground, such as the Syrian crisis.

"I look at the latest developments, including Helsinki, where it might have been that one president of our neighbouring country (Putin) was pressuring the US president for concessions".

"To all the critics, I just say there's nothing bad that can come out of dialogue".

Observers in Moscow remain cautious about what all this means for the long term.

"I have great confidence in my intelligence people".

The main result of the summit "is that it happened, despite the collapse that Russian-American relations are in", Valery Garbuzov, head of the US and Canada Institute in Moscow, told Komsomoskaya Pravda newspaper.

The ministry said in a statement Tuesday that it's ready for "practical implementation" of agreements reached by Trump and Putin.

Whatever the two presidents discussed behind closed doors, Muscovites tired of years of U.S. Other Russian officials saw it as a step forward to improving relations.

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